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Obamacare Subsidies Continue, Court Rules. Now Let’s Get to Work.

June 30, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies to low-income people will continue, the Supreme Court ruled. Now that we have that behind us, let’s focus on the important questions of costs — or charges, or prices, or all three — and effectiveness.The Supreme Court ruling marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another one. There’s work to do to fix the system. Transparent markets benefit consumers. It’s time.[read more]

King v. Burwell: A Frivolous Lawsuit

June 29, 2015 by David E Williams

Some are surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts came out so strongly for the government in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that aimed to bar insurance subsidies from Obamacare exchanges run by the federal government.I’m not a lawyer or Supreme Court scholar but to me Roberts’ stance isn’t surprising at all. King v. Burwell was a joke –an exemplar of the type of “frivolous lawsuit” some on the right are so fond of citing.[read more]

Are Wearables the Future of Clinical Trials?

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

The wearables market will be worth a whopping $12.6 billion by the year 2018, according to Statista. With the FDA now granting approval to wearable devices for use in clinical trials, this begs the question: what potential do wearables have to impact the clinical trial process? While the answer is simple ("profound"), the reality is more complex. Let’s take a closer look.[read more]

How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel and Tourism

June 12, 2015 by Shahid Shah

How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Agha Ahmed discusses how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA.[read more]

Where the US Lags Italy in Healthcare

June 1, 2015 by David E Williams

It’s often been said that there is no US healthcare “system.” The lack of a system is very expensive in terms of administrative burden, uncoordinated care, and poor outcomes. This drug pricing issue is just one more example of how we’re kidding ourselves if we think US healthcare is so superior to others’. In fact it helps explain why we pay so much more and yet get less.[read more]

Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Patient Care: Better Support Is Better Treatment

May 15, 2015 by Alleli Aspili

For most patients, their initial reaction and attitude sets the tone for their road to wellness. Depending on the severity of an illness, patients often get confused about the proper way of getting better. A visit to the doctor’s office is ideal and beneficial in diagnosing these illnesses and learning how to get better or cope.[read more]

It's Time to Measure Patient Outcomes

April 16, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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With hospitals, we measure death rates for heart attack patients, timeliness of administering antibiotics and the use of medical imaging. While this is critical information, we have no idea if the patient ever felt better or went back to work.[read more]

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Strengthening Global Healthcare Systems Through Public-Private Partnerships

April 8, 2015 by Roland Chalons-Browne

Following the recent financial close of the Bilkent Integrated Healthcare Campus in Ankara – Turkey’s third and largest-ever healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) – it seems a good moment to take stock of the role PPPs are playing in today’s healthcare systems. As such, I would like to share some thoughts on this topic.[read more]

How Ebola Spreads, and the Response from Public Health Officials

April 6, 2015 by Frankie Rendon

Ebola facts

We may not hear much about it in the daily news cycle, but the Ebola epidemic that has plagued Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia certainly isn't over. According to the World Health Organization, more than 20,000 people have been infected. Of those, 10,000 have succumbed to the disease.[read more]

Sovaldi: An Example of Price Discrimination

March 30, 2015 by David E Williams

Price discrimination

The controversy over the pricing of Gilead’s Sovaldi for Hepatitis C is a textbook example of price discrimination in action. Allowing and even encouraging price discrimination is good global health policy. It encourages innovation and lessens global disparities.[read more]

Problem for Women Who Can't Afford Care

March 19, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Childbirth is the leading cause of hospital admission. Almost four million women were admitted to American hospitals to deliver babies in 2010 (latest available data). Good, safe obstetrical care is not precision medicine. The principles of maternity care are straightforward and can be practiced successfully worldwide. Even here.[read more]