Can We Slow Down the Runaway Health Care Train?

Health care costs are consuming 18% of GDP and growing at a pace faster than the overall economy. If that continues, health costs could crowd out other high priority programs in education, defense, research, and public safety. Each of us has a stake in assuring that health care funds are spent where they do the […]

An Approach to Health Care That Could Work Well

JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon announced their intention to take on the challenge of improving health care for their employees, using a not-for-profit approach.  The trio’s announcement referred to the unbridled costs that need taming, and the role that technologies could play in delivering better, cheaper health care.  The trio’s mild statement jolted some […]

Coming to a Health Plan Near You

CVS recently adopted a wellness review as prerequisite for employee healthcare coverage.  If the employee refuses to reveal weight, height, age and other health indicators to the health insurer, health insurance can still be had – but at a $600 penalty.  Employer arm twisting on health insurance has been common for a decade – especially […]

Medicare Auction Bidding Program Will Lead to Worse Outcomes for Patients and Higher Medical Costs for Society

ACI Study Finds Medicare Bidding Program Will Increase Medical Costs, Amputations, Infections and Other Harms   Washington, DC (May 5, 2011) – Increasing medical costs and producing lower quality patient outcomes should not be the goal of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) bidding program.  However, the CMS’s new bidding program could, in […]