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The Healthcare Industry & Health Reform: No News Here, Film at 11

November 29, 2010

Some in the news media are simply determined to portray the healthcare industry, or at least individual sectors of it, as strident opponents of health reform, no matter how strongly … Continued


The Beltway’s Not Big Enough…

November 8, 2010

…to hold, that is, the entirety of the health reform debate.  While Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are still sorting out the reverberations from last Tuesday’s elections and what … Continued


Medicaid and ER Overcrowding

August 13, 2010

We should be concerned about a report this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which presents a picture of increased crowding in the nation’s hospital emergency … Continued


More Warning Calls about Physician Shortages

July 21, 2010

Yesterday, the Arkansas surgeon general told a state legislative committee that the state’s physician shortage would be worsening once health reform is implemented.  Dr. Joe Thompson testified that 80 to … Continued


The Berwick Appointment

July 7, 2010

We’re not going to comment in this space on the political wisdom of President Obama’s decision use a recess appointment to install Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the Centers … Continued


HEALTHCARE.GOV Goes Live

July 1, 2010

The new health reform law mandated that, by July 1, 2010, the federal government create a website to help consumers better understand their health coverage options.  That site, healthcare.gov, went … Continued


Physicians and Medicaid

May 3, 2010

One of the concerns about using Medicaid expansion, as is the case in the new health reform law, to reduce the nation’s uninsured population is the belief that many physicians … Continued