Category Archives: Analytics

Developing a Coordinated, Considered Response to Predatory Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 9/21/14 on the NBCH Newsletter Blog In today’s New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal describes the growing and egregious over-treatment and overpricing practices by physicians and health systems, abetted by health plans. The excesses detailed in this article … Continue reading

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How Business Can Save America from Health Care

Brian Klepper Published 6/09/14 in Employee Benefit News One of America’s most enduring mysteries is why the organizations that pay for most health care don’t work together to force better value from the health care industry. We pay double for health … Continue reading

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Predatory Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 11/17/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Recently I was asked to intervene on behalf of a patient who, trapped by circumstance, was paying off an enormous bill for a lithotripsy procedure. What I uncovered wasn’t news, but … Continue reading

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Facilitating Interoperability

October 18th, 2013 Cross-Posted 10/18/13 from The Health Affairs Blog A Health Affairs report on health information interoperability by staffers of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides a good enough summary of the situation. But it also is not … Continue reading

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A Better Way To Manage Care and Cost

Brian Klepper http://boards.medscape.com/forums?128@864.cQ5Savfkkqo@.2a59c1b3!comment=1  Posted 10/10/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog When an employer sits down with his health care partners – broker, health plan, physician, hospital, drug and device firm, health IT firm – everyone but him wants health … Continue reading

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Why Employers Must Collaborate On Health Care

Brian Klepper Published in the Columbus, GA Ledger-Enquirer on Sunday, 9/15/13 I recently was privileged to deliver a keynote at the Greater Columbus Chamber’s Healthcare Symposium. I get invited to meetings like this around the country because I lay out … Continue reading

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The RUC (Again): Is there a Light at the End of the Tunnel? A Conversation with Brian Klepper

David Harlow Posted August 13, 2013 on HealthBlawg Recently, there were a couple of breathless articles about the RUC (Relative Value Scale Update Committee) published in The Washington Post and The Washington Monthly, reporting as news the state of affairs that has prevailed … Continue reading

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DOTmed – An Interview with Brian Klepper

Loren Bonner , DOTmed News Online Editor August 15, 2013 DMN: After Steven Brill’s blockbuster article in Time Magazine came out a few months ago, it feels like everyone is interested to know the real scoop on hospital pricing and what’s … Continue reading

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The RUC Is Bad Medicine: It Has To Go

Brian Klepper Posted 8/12/13 on Medscape Business of Medicine “One of the biggest mistakes we made … is that we took the RUC … back in 1992 and gave it to the AMA. … It’s incredibly political, and it’s just … Continue reading

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How TPAs Can Win

Brian Klepper Published August 1, 2013 in the Self-Insurer One of health care’s deeper mysteries is why third party administration (TPA) firms remain minor health plan players and, to a large degree, have been all but uncompetitive with the major … Continue reading

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Why Congress Should Pass The Accuracy In Medicare Physician Payment Act

Brian Klepper and Paul Fischer Posted 8/09/13 on The Health Affairs Blog With the recent release of two mainstream exposes, one in the Washington Post and another in the Washington Monthly, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) medical procedure valuation franchise, the Relative Value … Continue reading

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On Compassion

Dov Michaeli Posted 5/12/13 on The Doctor Weighs In For Joel Klepper, who can do it all My friend’s son, Joel Klepper, a student at the University of Oregon, sent his father a summary of a talk by the Dalai … Continue reading

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On Seeing The Dalai Lama

Joel Klepper Brian’s Note: My son Joel is a 34 year old 2nd-round student studying conflict resolution at Portland State University in Oregon. On Saturday, he went to an all day event that featured the Dalai Lama. Here is his … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Primary Care Physicians More Ticked off about the RUC? An Interview with Brian Klepper

Brandon Glenn Published 4/30/13 in Medical Economics If primary care physicians have a bigger enemy than the RUC, Brian Klepper, PhD, hasn’t heard about it. The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) is a 31-physician panel that wields enormous influence … Continue reading

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How Physician Practices Can Prepare for a Health Care Marketplace

Brian Klepper Posted 4/21/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog What is the path forward for physicians who want to remain in private practice, outside the constraints of health system employment? How will the environment change and what new demands … Continue reading

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