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Health Care Quality

What's Driving Variation in New York's Hospital Spending and Prices?

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.16.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

We need better information about both the costs and the quality of care delivered to understand whether more spending is associated with better care, or if that spending is wasteful and avoidable.

Fewer Patients Dying From Hospital Errors Since Obamacare Started

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

Hospitals have cut down on deadly medical errors, saving around 87,000 lives since 2010, according to a new government report. Pinning down the prec...

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

STUDY: Kids' Health Care Quality Varies Geographically

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Children in Lebanon, New Hampshire, are more than twice as likely to have their tonsils ...

Reimagining Primary Care for New York's Patients

James R. Knickman | Posted 01.26.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

As more people gain health insurance coverage, and as the health care system looks to save money and emphasize keeping people healthy (not just treating them once they're sick), primary care is becoming more important than ever.

The National Healthcare Quality Report and Essential Health Benefits: Opportunity Squandered

Gary Puckrein | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The Obama Administration has gotten it terribly wrong in its determination of Essential Health Benefits.

Price Transparency in Health Care: Is It The Holy Grail?

William Pierce | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
William Pierce

Health care is the only product or service we purchase without any idea of the price. Often, you don't even know your portion of the price. But would knowing prices up front make any difference in our behavior?

The Democratization of Health Care:The Seniors Question

Gary Puckrein | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

How can Medicare afford to cover our seniors? One answer to that question is Medicare's recent effort to move away from paying fees for services and toward paying for value.

The Downside of American Freedoms

Terry Newell | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

In a recent poll, those aged 18-34 said that their "individual freedoms" were "the best" or "above average" in America, compared with other industrialized nations. But those views diminished considerably when Americans were asked about their health care and economic systems.

Choosing Wellness: Transparency in Health Care

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

Today, consumers must take an active role in their own health care and choose providers and hospitals who consistently deliver high-quality and high-value care. It's critical if we want to rein in spiraling costs and enhance care.

The Democratization of Health Care: The Open Formulary Movement

Gary Puckrein | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The primary concern is controlling wages while, to the disadvantage of patients and consumers, broader medical needs such as slowing disease progression or reducing acute events are subordinated.

The Democratization of Health Care: Medicare and Original Intent

Gary Puckrein | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

When government launched the Medicare program, it made a pact with the American people that President Lyndon Johnson articulated (his statement) at th...

The Democratization of Health Care: Whose Money Is It?

Gary Puckrein | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

Perhaps we should leave it to the conscience of the worker to determine what legal, medical products and services they use without subordination to their employers' faith or personal predilections.

The Democratization of Health Care: Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations

Gary Puckrein | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The American clinical research system is not designed to maximize the potential for the best possible outcomes of health services that are delivered to all American health care consumers.

The Moneyball Approach to Health Care

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

I'm always surprised that some people still buy into the myth that America has the greatest health system in the world. We spend so much money on health care, but those dollars have not translated to good health.

Health Information: It's Time for More Meaningful Use

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.28.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

Being able to share data electronically, easily, securely, and inexpensively holds great practical promise for improving health.

A New Year's Resolution for Adopting Electronic Health Records

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The potential benefits of EHR far outweigh the costs. In the long term, HIT will save doctors time and effort.

Islands of Excellence in a Sea of Mediocrity

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

We value health care, our health care is of an exceptionally high quality, ergo we pay a lot for our health care. But what if the middle part of that statement isn't quite true?

Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Prices are going up faster in health care than they are in any other sector of the economy. People like to claim that this is because of costs, but technology in all other areas refute this view.

Congress Is Behaving as if the Health Care System Isn't in Tatters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We are either going to get no health care reform or watered-down health care legislation that acts as a bandage, helping some people but ignoring the larger problem creating the pain.