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Applications, programs and devices that are proven to improve health care quality, safety and cost.

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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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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Are You Ready for Intense Price Competition?

Note from Brian: The article below describes my recent keynote address to a large meeting of imaging center administrators, and appears in the Sept 2012 Radiology Today. I’m reposting it because it accurately reflects, in depth, the message that I tried … Continue reading

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The Most Important Health Care Group You’ve Never Heard Of

Brian Klepper and Paul Fischer Posted 8/06/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Excessive health care spending is overwhelming America’s economy, but the subtler truth is that this excess has been largely facilitated by subjugating primary care. A wealth of evidence shows … Continue reading

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Why Medical Management Will Re-Emerge

Brian Klepper Posted 7/31/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Several years ago I had dinner with a woman who had served in the late 1990s as the national Chief Medical Officer of a major health plan. At the time, … Continue reading

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Patent Pools Pushed To Make Drugs Affordable in Developing World

Merrill Goozner Published 5/9/12 in The Fiscal Times Amid a growing crisis in financing treatments for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world, an arm of the World Health Organization will meet in Geneva later this month to consider … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Walletectomy

Merrill Goozner Posted 4/25/12 on Gooz News It all began when Dr. Renee Hsia of the University of California at San Francisco received a simple request from a good friend who had checked into a local hospital for an emergency … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Save One Trillion Dollars

George Lundberg, MD Published 4/23/2012 on MedPage Today http://www.medpagetoday.com/mediaplayer-licensed-viral/player-licensed-viral.swf

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The FDA Fails to Stop Deceptive Dementia Drug Advertising

Kenneth Lin Posted 3/27/12 on The American Family Physician Community Blog In the March 15, 2011 issue of American Family Physician, Drs. Mark Graber, Robert Dachs, and Andrea Darby-Stewart analyzed an industry-funded trial that compared the effects of two daily doses of the … Continue reading

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The GOP Budget, Fiscal Responsibility and Part D

Joe Paduda Posted 4/06/12 on Managed Care Matters Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI) and the House Republicans are touting their budget as fiscally responsible and prudent. What Mr Ryan conveniently forgets, or more likely avoids, is this: Eight short years ago he … Continue reading

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“Doctors call for end to five cancer tests, treatments”

Tom Emerick Posted 4/6/12 on Cracking Health Costs So reads the headline in a Reuters story on April 4, 2011. Let’s linger on the notion that they are exposing procedures that are “harmful” yet “routinely prescribed.” Giving harmful care to cancer patients is … Continue reading

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Sustainable Health Spending Under the Ryan Path for Federal Non-Health Spending

Charles Roehrig Posted 4/5/12 on the Altarum Institute’s Health Policy Forum Background If you have followed Parts I and II of this series, you will be aware of the key role played by federal non-health spending in my calculation of the sustainable growth rate in national … Continue reading

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What Makes a Person Expensive in Healthcare? Not What Most People Think.

Wendy Lynch Posted 4/4/12 on the HCMS Blog A question from the audience last month: “We spend the most in healthcare on a small portion of really sick people. You don’t expect them to shop for care during an emergency do … Continue reading

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Four Perfect Questions

Elaine Waples In the fall of 2010, Atul Gawande, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, delivered a touching speech at the October New Yorker Festival.  My husband attended with a … Continue reading

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Is Your Hair On Fire Yet?

Joe Paduda Posted 4/5/12 on Managed Care Matters The single biggest crisis facing workers comp is NOT the market cycle, employment, rate adequacy, or regulatory changes. It is opioids. As Gary Franklin MD, Washington state fund’s Medical Director says, this is … Continue reading

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