Posts for Cost & Quality

Choosing Wisely

Seeing patients at my local health clinic, I recently had a fairly typical day for many doctors.

Transforming Our Health System: Bringing Drug and Alcohol Treatment into the Fold

With more people gaining access to care, this is a crucial time to strengthen the way we provide and pay for health care. Integrating services for drug and alcohol problems with other care can play a big role in transforming the health system.

Closing the Coverage Gap Won’t Accelerate State Medicaid Spending

We covered more people, and spending went up as a result – this isn’t a particularly interesting story. But the data actually tells a far more intriguing story, buried just a little deeper in the report.

How much does your doctor get from drug or device companies?

Last week’s release of nationwide information about drug and device manufacturer payments to doctors was the beginning of a new era of sunshine and transparency. The information, which is made public under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, shows...

Who's Watching the Chicken Coop? The FDA's Flawed Drug-Approval Process

I recently attended a conference entitled "What Evidence is Essential for New Medical Products?" held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., that probed the vexing dilemma of balancing the duty of the Food and...

Use As Advertised Rather Than As Directed?

Who has gone a day without seeing at least one advertisement for drugs or medical devices? These advertisements are part of almost every commercial break during primetime television. It’s big revenue for the stations and a major marketing strategy for...

Better Bang for the Buck

Getting the Health Care Cost Problem Right There are few propositions in the health policy arena likely to command more agreement than that the United States spends too much on health care. But behind this apparent agreement, there is much...

Better Bang for the Buck

Now What? (Part Two) Getting Better Bang for the Buck Now that open enrollment is over, it is time for consumer advocates to consider what comes next in health care reform. In a previous blog, we discussed work that still...

The Time is Now: Maine’s Mid-Level Dental Provider Law a Signal to Industry, the Nation

Yesterday, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a bill authorizing mid-level dental providers to practice in the state. Mainers, like Americans in every state, face barriers to accessing affordable dental care in their communities. The bill is a step forward to...
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