Category Archives: Reform

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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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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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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Seriously Testing The ACO Waters

Brian Klepper Published April 2013 in Accountable Care News If necessity is the mother of invention, then tentativeness and ambiguity are the parents of procrastination. In health care, fee-for-service remains the dominant paradigm, so the ACO movement, lacking almost any … Continue reading

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Why Only Business Can Save America From Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 3/24/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog For a large and growing number of us with meager or no coverage, health care is the ultimate “gotcha.” Events conspire, we receive care and then are on the … Continue reading

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Why EHRs Really Haven’t Made Us Healthier: A Response To Glen Tullman

Brian Klepper Recently-fired Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman waxed progressive in a self-promotional Forbes article last week, describing the ways past and forward for electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT). He may have been trying to recover from a damning New York … Continue reading

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The RUC, Health Care Finance’s Star Chamber, Remains Untouchable

Brian Klepper Posted 2/1/13 on The Health Affairs Blog On January 7, a federal appeals court rejected six Georgia primary care physicians’ (PCPs) challenge to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 20-year, sole-source relationship with the secretive, specialist-dominated federal advisory … Continue reading

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Following the Money

Brian Klepper Posted 12/06/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog On The Health Care Blog, veteran analyst Vince Kuraitis reviews a report from the consulting firm Oliver Wyman (OW), arguing that the trend toward reconfiguring health systems to deliver more accountable care is … Continue reading

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How Primary Care Became the Job Nobody Wanted (and How To Fix It))

Brian Klepper Posted 11/21/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Here a link on SlideServe to my plenary presentation on CMS’ relationship with the AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), and how/why it has undermined American primary care. … Continue reading

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Arriving at the Beginning

Brian Klepper Posted 11/12/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog The most striking aspect of the election was that it decisively clarified the philosophical preferences of most Americans. And because the outcome was largely determined by minorities, women, and the young, … Continue reading

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Irresistible Forces

Brian Klepper Posted 10/28/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog At our first meeting years ago, Tom Emerick, Walmart’s then VP of Global Benefits, told me, “No industry can grow indefinitely at a multiple of general inflation. It will … Continue reading

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