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Nonessential Care Is Essential

June 15, 2020

An op-ed appeared in the New York Times entitled, “How Many More Will Die From Fear of the Coronavirus?”  Written by Cleveland Clinic chief executive and president Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic … Continued


Guest Post: The Underutilization of Prevention

March 12, 2020

Robert Popovian, Pharm.D., MS. One of the most underutilized ways to reduce medical costs in the U.S. is health care prevention. Unfortunately, politicians choose instead to implement draconian policies such … Continued


National Obesity Care Week: Behind the Scenes of Obesity

September 19, 2019

September 16-20 is National Obesity Care Week (NOCW).  NOCW is a source for science-based information on obesity.  More than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity, with an estimated cost … Continued


Medicare Embraces the ‘Ounce of Prevention’ Philosophy

March 23, 2016

We’ve long maintained that Medicare can be a stronger program, both in terms of protecting the health of its beneficiaries and in improved cost-efficiency, if it did a better job … Continued


The Proliferation of Progress Generated by Medicare Advantage

December 11, 2015

This week the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, representing plans that serve over four million individuals in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, hosted a congressional briefing … Continued


Documenting the Better Care, Lower Cost Advantages of Medicare Advantage

September 3, 2015

A study published in this month’s edition of the American Journal of Managed Care brings hard data to an argument many of us have been making for some time, that … Continued


The Exciting Movement Toward “Person-Centered Care”

May 20, 2015

American healthcare is evolving in ways that are both beneficial and necessary.  With an imperative to move toward a healthcare system that offers both high quality and cost-efficiency, the answer … Continued


Dr. Murthy’s Mission

May 1, 2015

Last week, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the new U.S. Surgeon General was officially sworn into office.  In his speech to the ceremony attendees, Dr. Murthy described his mission for a stronger … Continued


The Lasting Resonance of a Summit on Health Care Value

March 18, 2015

On March 2, the Healthcare Leadership Council, as part of its National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI) initiative, brought together over 70 leaders from organizations and institutions that design, implement … Continued


Aetna CEO: New Math for Medicare

October 22, 2014

(We have made the point often in this space that, even with the private sector’s successes in containing healthcare costs and reducing Medicare per-capita spending to historic lows, the sheer … Continued