Viewpoints

Opinion and analysis on managing care from experts and KOLs

François de Brantes
20 years after To Err is Human was published, why hasn’t more been done?
Trishan Panch, MD, MPH
Years ago, my staff and I pored over handwritten notes and unsigned prescriptions in order to address patients with chronic diseases. For the first time, we were using data to determine patients’ needs and deploying our clinical resources to meet those needs—before the patients suffered complications…
Jon Friedman, MD, FAST
F​irst the good news: For employers and other health care payers, the medical cost trend this year will be, as it has been for the past several years, relatively stable.  But now for that other, less desirable variety of news: The medical cost trend continues to grow at 6%, which is faster than…
Tashfeen Ekram, MD
More than 2,000 retail clinics have made their entry into the healthcare market as giants including CVS, Walgreens. and Walmart have become key players in the industry. The services they offer are meeting consumers’ growing demand for immediate and easy access to care. This is putting pressure on…
Nathan H. Comstock
“Breaking news alert! Hospital X and hospital Y announce they are merging.” At this point, you have heard the same breaking news story over and over again—the number of hospital mergers continues to rise. And the benefit? Likely none, and there is significant research to support the claim that…
Cheryl Nagowski
A new era of health care is in store for our nations veterans with the passage of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Outside Networks (MISSION) Act, the most comprehensive health care reform bill passed by Congress since the Affordable Care Act. The MISSION Act…
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Jordan Bazinsky
How lucky we are to be alive right now.” Those lyrics from Hamilton, when applied to innovation in health care, remind us how often life imitates art. One of health care’s most dramatic advances has been the progress of precision medicine, wherein medical treatment is tailored to the individual…
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Mark Hefner
If you are part of an ACO or a clinically integrated network (CIN), you have begun the value-based care journey. As payment models continue to change, the question of how and when to increase appropriate risk and reward requires careful consideration. With the release of the final rule for Pathways…

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