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Quality Disparities exist between Payers

Although providing health insurance to Americans who didn’t have prior coverage sounds like a good thing; not all insurance provides equal quality of care. Disparities exist in the quality of care specifically with Medicare patients. From facing [...]

August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Good Riddance to Closed Hospitals

Payment changes under the Affordable Care Act reduces the rate of growth in reimbursements for hospital services and reduces critical funding many hospitals rely on from disproportionate share and graduate medical education. These measures could [...]

August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

P4P and Multiple Chronic Conditions

Federal pay-for-performance (P4P) programs are rapidly evolving from financial incentives for delivering quality health care to financial penalties for failing to meet quality metrics. This policy shift will have significant consequences for many [...]

August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Blame It on the ETOH

Recently, a health policy wonk, Harold Pollack, gave a presentation to emergency physicians in Chicago on gun violence. Here’s what happened… Thanks to Seth Trueger for notifying us of the event. [View the story “Harold Pollack [...]

August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

In Hospital Systems: Is Bigger Really Better?

Hospital system formation has been widely touted as a panacea for decreasing health care operating costs. Despite minimal evidence for improved costs, the number of hospital systems grew from 325 to 427 in the last decade. Nearly 60% of all [...]

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

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