Category Archives: Policy/Law/Regulation

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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Would A Single Payer System Be Good For America?

Brian Klepper On Vox, the vivacious new topical news site, staffed in part by former writers at the Washington Post Wonk Blog, Sarah Kliff writes how Donald Berwick, MD, the recent former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the … Continue reading

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Getting Beyond Fee-For-Service

Brian Klepper Posted 12/02/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog The catchy title of a recent Harvard Business Review Blog post, The Big Barrier To High Value Health Care: Destructive Self-Interest, suggested that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is forging arrangements … 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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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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Hurtling Down the Road to Ruin

Brian Klepper and David C. Kibbe Posted 6/21/13 on Medscape Internal Medicine A recent New York Times article that focused on colonoscopies highlighted the questionable science, predatory unit pricing, and overutilization that characterize this procedure and much of US healthcare. Patients get routine … Continue reading

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Physicians, Health Systems and the Drive For Market Dominance

Brian Klepper Posted 5/23/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Several physicians have reached out recently to discuss attractive employment offers from health systems. They are invariably conflicted. They understand the trade-offs, that they’ll give up the autonomy they’ve … Continue reading

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Using Strong Carrots and Sticks To Drive Health Care That Works

Brian Klepper Posted 5/09/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog On a recent call with a large manufacturer, my company’s team expected to describe how we develop primary care medical homes that become platforms for managing comprehensive health care clinical and financial … 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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