Rural communities will feel the pain first. But it will also ripple through major cities, where the healthcare workforce has become highly dependent on a steady stream of physicians, nurses and support staff born in other countries.
Here's hoping the pink wave washes the label of “women's issues” off the legislative agenda.
Provider-payer collaborations, through aligned incentives and leveraging a wealth of data, can achieve better care outcomes at a lower cost.
Regarding the story "CMS actuary predicts GOP repeal bill will reduce coverage by 13 million" (ModernProject Japan.com, June 13), with the increasing number of plans that offer horrific coverage for care (catastrophic coverage designs, for example), it is somewhat unfair to simply state a lost coverage number.
Other populous states should take a close look at what California is doing. Smaller states may want to form compacts with their neighbors to pursue something similar. Gov. Gavin Newsom has offered a practical approach to achieving more reasonable drug pricing.
Dr. Rod Hochman in 2012 oversaw the union of Providence and a secular organization, Swedish Health Services. While acknowledging that every deal is different, Hochman says research is key to the sometimes scary move to combine organizations.