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Website Allows Colorado Consumers to Compare Prices for Hospital Procedures

Bob Semro | Posted 08.05.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much does a knee replacement cost? A Caesarean section? For years in Colorado, it was almost impossible to know. In 2008, a group of Colorado hea...

Three Surprising Hazards of Worksite Wellness Programs

Leah Binder | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Bad wellness programs send the message that your boss thinks you're an idiot. This typically isn't a good strategy for improving morale, though it does improve motivation to update your resume.

The Best Disruptive Writing of 2013

Leah Binder | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Almost everyone agrees that the best strategy for improving Americans' health would be to prevent people from needing health care in the first place. But as these writers demonstrated in their powerful arguments, beware the easy answers.

Hospital Lobbyists Aren't So Savvy in Dealing With Hospital Ratings

Leah Binder | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Hospitals need to find more sophisticated approaches to this new era of consumerism and transparency. To understand the bankruptcy of their current strategy, think of it this way. Imagine that movie studio heads formed a committee and wrote a report denouncing all the film reviewers.

Republican Obamacare 'Fix' Is Junk, Just Like the Junk Insurance Plans It Protects

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In an effort to cynically score political points, the Republicans have taken up the cause of people who have received health insurance "cancellation" notices. The problem is that the Republicans aren't helping these people, they are exploiting them.

Cracking Health Costs: Dave Ramsey-Style

Leah Binder | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

It's time we applied such common sense to healthcare spending, and a much-discussed new book does just that: Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company's Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis.

Eat More Fruit -- It's Good for the Economy (And for Your Health, Too)

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

I'll put it quite plainly: every American eating just one more portion of fruit or vegetables per day (that's 1/2 cup of either) would add up to $2.7 trillion of national medical costs savings.

Study: Wiser Prescription Drug Use Could Cut Health Costs By Billions

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year...

GOP Again Tries to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Seniors, Women and Families

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The ACA is raising the quality of care, halting skyrocketing health costs, providing preventive care without co-pays, and eliminating the worst insurance company abuses. Instead of improving health care, the Republican repeal plan would take it away.

Obama's Brave New World of the Brain -- And Why It's Something America Can't Afford Not to Do!

Dr. Gregory Bayer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Bayer

The brain is at the center of health and well-being, yet our deficit in understanding of the detail of its complexity limits our response to those conditions that cripple so many in our society.

An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point. But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Recasting the Medical Morality Play

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Many Americans have an unhelpful habit of viewing the health reform debate as a morality play where those who treat us -- usually doctors and hospital...

Shopping for Surgery?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

If you're an uninsured New Yorker shopping for a hip replacement, the going rate in Manhattan is $18,260. If that sounds steep and you're willing to try medical tourism, the rate drops to $7,500 in Boston, $7,099 in Baltimore or $6,399 in Washington.

John Celock

Govs Told 'Health Care Has Not Changed In 100 Years'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The nation's governors were told that the way the health care industry treats patients needs to change in order to reduce Medicai...

President Obama Can Deliver a Powerful Message About Health Care, Strong Middle Class in State of the Union

Ethan Rome | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

We must stand strong to fight the GOP's hyper-partisan attacks on the health care programs that are making America healthier and moving our great country closer to achieving its promise.

24 Seconds to Roadkill

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

The United States remains intensely car friendly -- and pedestrian hostile. And that says a lot about our public safety, health, future obesity epidemic and how seriously we believe in global climate change.

Can a "Health" System Kill a Country?

Chris Norwood | Posted 07.17.2011 | New York
Chris Norwood

The nation could achieve marked degrees of improved health and jolt employment in its collapsed communities by having local community groups train local residents as health educators.

A Tale of Two Rural Health Facilities

Hrishikesh Srinagesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hrishikesh Srinagesh

Two experiences which led to short hospitalizations showed me how medicine can be practiced so differently in the U.S. and India.

Paul Hawken: The High Cost of Cheap Food (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Paul Hawken eloquently explains how the price of food is divorced from its true costs, and what this really means for society, at large.

The Wellpoint Effect

John McDonough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McDonough

As in Massachusetts, if national health reform happens, we will witness the launch of a long term, serious national conversation about rising health care costs and what to do about them. There's still no magic bullet.

The Obesity Problem: How Did We Become So Fat?

Joshua Rosenthal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joshua Rosenthal

Healthy food and lifestyle choices are the foundations of weight loss. No pill or fad diet is going to cure our country's obesity problem.

When Federal Employees Decide Your Family's Medical Treatment

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Medical costs must come down. But as we've learned with business bailouts, better to do it right early on, to anticipate abuse, than to be digging our way out of a mess for years to come.

Something Other Than The Financial Crisis: Children Are "Orphans of Medicine."

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

Would you like to think about something, anything, other than the financial crisis or the election? I know I would. Let's talk about the real future ...

Ready or Not, Big Change is Coming: The Impending Death Of Private Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Most of us have by now heard many indictments of private health insurance. What's new and may be surprising to many people is this: despite its size and political power, it is a dying industry.