Insurance

One-third of CFOs plan to reduce health benefits

November 5, 2010

If the following survey is on the mark, healthcare benefits should be on the chopping block next year for many employers.  On the other hand, CFOs may be preparing for the day when the government effectively takes over competitive bidding for healthcare services. The new survey, by Grant Thornton LLP, concludes that 30 percent of […]

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Joint Commission offers medical homes seal of approval

October 18, 2010

Coming soon, patient-centered medical home models won’t just be a good idea — some of them will have received the official stamp of approval from the Joint Commission. Until recently, tests of the medical home model have been scattered across the healthcare spectrum without a single authority or guiding hand to establish order. For example, […]

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Black breast cancer care gaps still an issue

October 7, 2010

While the gap between care for Caucasian and ethnic patients has narrowed, it’s still very much a factor, at least for breast cancer patients. That, at least, is the conclusion drawn by a recent study published in the journal CANCER this week.Over time, research has demonstrated that black and Hispanic women are less likely to […]

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Rapid Response Teams: Needed? A sideshow?

September 27, 2010

Is having a Rapid Response Team (RRTs) in place a smart move for a hospital, or is the hospital just ducking its responsibility to keep patients stable?  That’s an issue which has become white hot since a JAMA article came out suggesting that RRTs are, more or less, a sideshow that distracts from improving quality […]

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30 percent premium increases? I think not, sirs

September 7, 2010

I have struggled long and hard with my sense of propriety, but as times change, women must change, and so I say to you, captains of health insurance concerns:  Have you no shame? Of course, as more than a century has passed since I began my labors in the service of the public health, paying […]

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