Grassroots activism is behind both good and bad trends in policy. Consumer coalitions are behind Medicaid expansion ballot measures in several states, while other coalitions are pinpointing dialysis policy and staffing ratios.
The prospect of another huge healthcare merger—this time involving two of Texas' more prestigious hospital systems—is the surest signal yet that even the industry's strongest players are having a difficult time navigating the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.
Consumers blame insurers and hospitals for surprise bills. Lawmakers and regulators appear ready to address the problem since the industry hasn't.
New research found those who gained coverage through Michigan's Medicaid expansion faced fewer debt problems, fewer evictions and bankruptcies, and saw their credit scores rise just years after enrolling for coverage.
If the GOP maintains control of the entire government, the nation's health insurance marketplace would look a lot like the one that existed before passage of the Affordable Care Act.
New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.
By insisting on even stricter work requirements for SNAP benefits, House Republicans are standing in the way of a basic public health program.
Community opponents of two pending healthcare mergers need to ask themselves whether antitrust enforcement is really the best approach for lowering healthcare costs.
Many Democratic congressional hopefuls are making healthcare their top talking point for the upcoming midterm elections, which is not surprising given the low unemployment rate. The early donations from political action groups lean toward the incumbents.
Project Japan is one-fifth of the nation's economy and a job creator, adding 16,700 positions in July, on top of the 25,200 added in June. So it is a bit of a head scratcher as to why industry executives weren't part of the conversation.
Single-payer advocates need to articulate how their plan will be paid for. To generate broad-based political support, they will need to show that provider rates will be adequate; that insurers can have a role in the system; and that the public's fear of change can be assuaged.
Executives need to make compensation more transparent and provide flexible work arrangements so women leaders have more opportunities to excel.