Is Harvard Pilgrim the Canary in the Coal Mine?

September 29, 2010

Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to institute a health reform plan aimed at achieving a fully-insured population.  Now, one of the state’s leading insurers could be starting … Continued

Now Obesity Has A Price Tag

September 22, 2010

It’s become one of the frequently-quoted axioms of American healthcare that 75 cents of every healthcare dollar we spend in this country is for treatment of chronic disease. But now, … Continued

Bringing Sense to Health Information Technology Investment

September 16, 2010

The Premier hospital alliance is distributing some important information regarding the “meaningful use” rules that will govern the distribution of federal funds intended to encourage investment in health information technology … Continued

Don Berwick’s Maiden Speech

September 13, 2010

The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Don Berwick, made his first speaking appearance today since President Obama named him to the position in a recess … Continued

Cause And Effect

September 8, 2010

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, health insurers are letting it be known that they will be filing applications with some states to raise premiums, primarily on … Continued

Tax Breaks for Trial Lawyers?

September 3, 2010

Is it good public policy to modify tax laws to encourage more lawsuits against physicians? That’s a question the American Medical Association raised this week in a letter to Treasury … Continued