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Carrying the Big Stick in Health Policy

In 2004, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, which would publicly report quality of care delivered by US hospitals. A recent study investigated quality of care measures and [...]

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Happy accident lowers health care costs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased emphasis on quality reporting for doctors and hospitals in an effort to improve care and, hopefully, improve health outcomes for patients. Whether or not this will be accomplished is yet to be seen. However, [...]

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Barking up the wrong tree

Medical liability accounts for only 2.4% of all health care costs, yet medical malpractice reform is often hailed as a critical ingredient to reducing costs. Though capping non-economic damages—those that compensate patients for their pain, [...]

January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

Taking a Lesson from Taiwan

Government payers like Medicare and Medicaid are attempting to move away from the current fee-for-service model of health care billing—which some believe provides incentive for doctors to perform unnecessary tests and procedures—in favor of a [...]

January 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

The New Tech Disparity

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are poised to become the backbone of future healthcare delivery in the United States. For over a decade, EHR systems have been touted as the solution to improving efficiency in medical practices and the panacea [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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