Tag Archives: Business of Health Care

The Complex Effects Of The FDA’s Proposal To Regulate Laboratory-Developed Tests

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The conference brought together leading experts to review major developments in health law over the previous year, and preview...

April 10, 2015

What Can Patients Do In The Face Of Physician Conflict Of Interest?

Trust has always been essential to medical care. Of what use are the best communication skills, physician empathy, or clinical knowledge if patients don’t trust the advice and information that their doctors give them? Even the most psychologically disturbed or misanthropic TV doctor—from Doc...

April 10, 2015

Health Affairs Event Reminder: The Cost And Quality Of Cancer Care

Cancer is the second leading cause of death among US adults, and cancer care now costs in excess of $125 billion each year in the United States alone. Cancer has also become the second leading cause of death worldwide, making it an increasing priority in low- and middle-income countries. The...

April 2, 2015

Closing The Rural Health Connectivity Gap: How Broadband Funding Can Better Improve Care

Broadband access is not usually highlighted in policy prescriptions for improving outcomes and lowering costs of health care. But it is a prerequisite for a range of technologies that can provide more cost-effective and higher-quality care, such as video consultation, remote patient monitoring,...

April 1, 2015

Growth And Dispersion Of Accountable Care Organizations In 2015

Beginning this January, an additional 89 provider organizations joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as accountable care organizations (ACOs). While this year’s new entrants are a smaller cohort than those that joined in 2013 and 2014, they represent a continuation of the expansion...

March 31, 2015

The Time Is Now To Fix Medicare ACOs

This past January 20th, the Department of Health And Human Services established national Medicare pay-for-value goals. By 2016, the Department intends to tie 30 percent of Medicare payments, and by 2018 50 percent of payments, to quality or value through alternative payment models. Medicare...

March 27, 2015

Health Affairs Web First: Without CHIP, Sharply Higher Insurance Costs For Many Low-Income Families

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now set to expire after September 2015. A new study, being released by Health Affairs as a Web First, and also appearing in its April issue, examines the availability and cost of dependent coverage for children through...

March 26, 2015

Health Affairs Briefing: The Cost And Quality Of Cancer Care

Cancer is the second leading cause of death among US adults, and cancer care now costs in excess of $125 billion each year in the United States alone. Cancer has also become the second leading cause of death worldwide, making it an increasing priority in low- and middle-income countries. The...

March 25, 2015

Mortality Versus Survival In International Comparisons Of Cancer Care

In a recent paper, Soneji and Yang revisit a topic we first explored in the April 2012 issue of Health Affairs -- namely, whether the U.S. gets value for its cancer care. We found that life expectancy after cancer diagnosis rose more quickly for patients in the U.S. than for patients in Europe....

March 20, 2015

What Kind Of Advance Care Planning Should CMS Pay For?

Currently, Medicare does not offer a paid benefit for advance care planning (ACP). As a result, health care providers who want to assist Medicare enrollees with ACP do so voluntarily and neither they, nor their institutions, are compensated for their time and efforts. This is not only an unfair...

March 19, 2015