Category Archives: Consumerism

When Employers Get Serious About Managing Health Care Risk

Brian Klepper Posted 4/07/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Last week I visited with Gary Rost, an unassumingly knowledgeable man and the Executive Director of the Savannah Business Group (SBG), arguably one of the most effective health care coalitions … Continue reading

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The Reality of Health Care Cost

Brian Klepper This beautifully written letter was forwarded after an interview with me on health care cost appeared in a Florida newspaper. Many of us with coverage often think in abstract terms about working families that do not have access to employer-sponsored … Continue reading

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Hospitals: Are We All Talking?

Elaine Waples Complications from my cancer sent me to the hospital again recently. The news that I was in trouble came unexpectedly from my oncologist’s office Thanksgiving eve, following a routine blood test. “Your liver numbers are out of whack.” … Continue reading

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Walmart Moves Health Care Forward Again

Brian Klepper Posted 10/12/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Walmart’s sheer size makes almost any of their initiatives newsworthy. That said, despite being a lightning rod for criticism on employee benefits and health care, they have introduced initiatives with … Continue reading

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Cancer Survivor on N-of-One’s Direct-to-Patient Ombudsman Model

Kevin Davies Posted 5/31/12 on Bio-IT World The long-term success of N-of-One, a Waltham Mass.-based company offering personalized cancer information, will undoubtedly be shaped by the vision of its newly appointed CEO, Christine Cournoyer, and strategic partnerships with companies like … Continue reading

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DeathWise.org – DIY End of Life Planning

Pat Salber Posted 5/10/12 on The Doctor Weighs In For most of us, talking about death doesn’t come easily. Yet, it’s something we all experience — the loss of those we know and love, and ultimately, our own death – quote from DeathWise.org In … Continue reading

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Sue the Patient

Dan Munro Posted 4/27/12 on Forbes States often confer the tax-exempt status on hospitals with the expectation that certainly some services will be extended to the less fortunate with limited capacity to pay. Two of the more litigious hospitals in … Continue reading

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Affordability, Not Cost Growth, Is The Real Policy Challenge

Jeff Goldsmith Posted 5/7/12 on The Health Affairs Blog A recent spate of commentaries on the continuing health spending moderation raise an important policy question:  If the cost curve is well and truly bent, why are we investing so much … Continue reading

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Nothing About Me Without Me: Participatory Medicine, Meaningful Use and the American Hospital Association

David Harlow Posted 5/6/12 on Health Blawg Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations were released in March by CMS and ONC.  Over the past month or so, I’ve been working with other members of the Society for Participatory Medicine (thank you, … Continue reading

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The Great Experiment

Paul Levy If you read only one book about state and federal health care policy, it should be The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds and Your Healthcare.  Published by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute, it is the most articulate and rigorous … Continue reading

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Will Regina Holiday Become Health Care’s Rosa Parks?

Michael Millenson Posted 5/5/12 on The Health Care Blog The protest organized by Regina Holliday over a patient’s right to access their medical information is not quite the same magnitude as agitating for integration in 1950s-era Alabama. Yet there are intriguing similarities … Continue reading

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Dr. Cassel Sets Out The Mission of the Choosing Wisely Initiative

Christine K. Cassel Posted 4/5/12 on the ABIM Foundation Medical Professionalism Blog As we all know, this is a time of great challenge and introspection in our health care system. Not just in terms of health reform – although that … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Appointment on your Phone: Out of Beta and Into Your Pocket

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Posted 5/1/12 on Health Populi You can now carry a doctor with you in your pocket. Two top telehealth companies that support online physician-patient visits have gone mobile. This upgrade was announced this week at the 2012 American Telemedicine Association conference, being … Continue reading

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More Information Is Not Always Better: Pulling Consumers Into Active Choices About Testing

Wendy Lynch Posted 5/01/12 on the Altarum Institute’s Health Policy Forum “I’m thinking of getting a full-body CT scan,” Jane said. “What do you think?” Here was a healthy, active 72-year-old with no specific symptoms considering an expensive screening test. … Continue reading

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Why Do Hospitals Still Allow Preventable Adverse Events?

Michael Wong Posted 5/01/12 on The Doctor Weighs In Can Hospitals Afford to Give Away Money? If not, then why are Preventable Adverse Events Still Occur in Hospitals? This are questions that I posed to lawyers, insurers, and healthcare professionals … Continue reading

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