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  • Congress: Target the middlemen who drive up drug costs

    "The PBM market lacks the three elements essential for competition — choice, transparency and a lack of conflict of interest," antitrust attorney and former FTC policy director David Balto argues.

    David Balto • Nov. 15, 2021
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    Broadband investments can improve health, as long as insurers don't roll back telehealth coverage

    Jason Resendez of Consumers for Quality Care argues it's time for insurers, policymakers and health systems to embrace telehealth as an integral part of the future of healthcare.

    Jason Resendez • Sept. 27, 2021
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    The village doctor paradox

    Teladoc CIO Claus Jensen argues that new models of care should break down silos and rebuild using virtual and physical platforms to connect patients' care over time.

    Claus Jensen • Sept. 8, 2021
  • The federal price transparency rules have critical gaps that must be addressed to achieve their objectives

    Castlight Health CEO Maeve O'Meara argues that if regulations aren't implemented in a meaningful way for consumers, the efforts will likely fail to inform healthcare decision making and achieve the desired cost savings.

    Maeve O'Meara • Aug. 18, 2021
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    Digital therapeutics — a double-edged sword?

    Aloha McBride, EY's global health leader, argues that algorithms need to be regularly audited and screened for bias and discrepancies, while clinicians play a vital role in explaining the key features of apps and patient privacy risks.

    Aloha McBride • Aug. 10, 2021
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    Healthcare workers are part of American infrastructure

    Congress should provide grants that allow schools of medicine and nursing in rural, underserved areas to expand and organize, the American Hospital Association's chief nursing officer argues.

    Robyn Begley • June 30, 2021
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    Better data sharing among MCOs, public health, Medicaid could boost vaccination efforts

    The CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America says plans are already helping states manage and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by using data analytics and demographic information to target outreach to those most at risk.

    Craig Kennedy • June 21, 2021
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    Nonprofit health plan CMOs: Data sharing needed to drive vaccine equity

    To achieve vaccine equity and approach herd immunity, healthcare organizations need access to timely, comprehensive vaccine data, the CMOs at the Alliance of Community Health Plans and PacificSource Health Plans argue.

    Connie Hwang and Edward McEachern • June 7, 2021
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    CVS Caremark CMO on addressing disparities through data

    Data and analytics will play a key role in reducing health disparities and supporting chronic disease management post-pandemic, CVS Caremark's chief medical officer argues.

    Sree Chaguturu • June 1, 2021
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    CMS inpatient only policy threatens patient access to appropriate surgical setting

    Nixing Medicare's IPO list has unintended consequences, especially for high-risk patients, the president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons argues.

    Joseph Bosco • Feb. 16, 2021
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    Care navigation during COVID-19 and beyond

    The industry needs to quickly come up with a way to prevent and mitigate enduring health issues for COVID-19 survivors as well as catch up on deferred care for other conditions, Harvard Medical School's Sanjay Basu argues.

    Sanjay Basu • Jan. 12, 2021
  • Medicare Advantage should not 'game the system' but prioritize patient care, honest billing

    The HHS Office of Inspector General's principal deputy warns, "My office and other government agencies are targeting oversight to make sure plans do not pad risk adjustments with unsupported diagnoses."

    Christi A. Grimm • Sept. 23, 2020
  • Hospice respite flexibility is recipe for more patient protection

    The CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization writes in support of a bill that would allow respite care to be provided outside of inpatient settings and hospice patients to receive up to 15 days of respite care.

    Edo Banach • Sept. 9, 2020
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    Reducing the stigma of clinician mental health, pressure to portray perfection

    "The uncertainty of the pandemic coupled with the already high-stress situation of emergency medical care creates an acute crisis for clinicians' mental health," Envision VP Stefanie Simmons writes.

    Stefanie Simmons • Aug. 19, 2020
  • Why COVID-19's biggest impact on healthcare may not be until 2022

    This perfect storm of a shift in payer mix, the impending insolvency of Medicare and the inability of states to absorb the growing costs of Medicaid represent a tsunami of challenges, former VA Secretary David Shulkin writes.

    David Shulkin • July 23, 2020
  • It's time for a national hospital supply chain czar

    If the current lack of supply chain coordination isn't resolved before the expected second surge in COVID-19 cases strikes, the result will be a far worse crisis, writes Jody Hatcher, a healthcare supply chain expert.

    Jody Hatcher • June 12, 2020
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    How smart homes are becoming the self-care hubs of tomorrow

    Progress in virtual reality, patient monitoring and other futuristic tech make it more likely the initial site of primary care and wellness will be the home, argues the vice president of R&D Innovation at pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline.

    Ian Marks • Aug. 5, 2019
  • An important first step toward eliminating the transplant waitlist

    Global Liver Institute president and CEO Donna Cryer discusses how the U.S. liver transplant system has failed patients — and how President Donald Trump's ambitious new renal care plan could help.

    Donna Cryer • July 15, 2019
  • Oscar Health: a rebel brand without a cause

    Daniel Black from brand strategy consultancy Vivaldi on why 7-year-old payer Oscar Health is all flash and little substance.

    Daniel Black • March 21, 2019
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    You don't think you have a patient matching problem. But will your patients agree?

    Mark LaRow, CEO of patient matching company Verato, weighs in on HHS' new information blocking and interoperability rules and what they could mean for the industry.

    Mark LaRow • March 11, 2019
  • What 150 healthcare executives can teach us about consumerism

    Optum Advisory Service's Becca Lococo sums up a recent panel touching on data, interoperability and partnerships.

    Becca Lococo • Feb. 27, 2019
  • Thought leadership: The time is now in healthcare

    Thought leadership around health policy, access to care and public health issues is a proven way to differentiate and advocate for a brand, according to healthcare communications professionals Donna Arbogast and Nancy Hicks.

    Donna Arbogast, Nancy Hicks • Feb. 11, 2019
  • Changing how we pay for healthcare to promote high-quality care, eliminate waste

    The fee-for-service model needs an overhaul to best serve patients, argue Suzanne Delbanco, Maclaine Lehan and Roslyn Murray of the nonprofit Catalyst for Payment Reform.

    Suzanne Delbanco, Maclaine Lehan, Roslyn Murray • Feb. 4, 2019
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    Clinicians, hospital admin: Leave these 3 biases at the door

    To focus completely on patient care, hospital administration and physicians need to work together in an environment of trust, argues Pat Cormier, managing director of consultancy Kotter.

    Pat Cormier • Jan. 18, 2019
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    How healthcare leaders can spend less time on procurement and more time on care

    Amazon Business head of global healthcare Chris Holt makes the case for e-commerce in streamlining healthcare supply chains.

    Chris Holt • Nov. 26, 2018