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Does hospital consolidation increase prices or efficiency?

An article in Bloombusinessweek (September 11,2014) describes Partners Healthcare in Boston that is responsible for 28% of physician and hospital visit dollars in Massachusetts and that has seen a 60% increase in prices charged compared to competitors. The company now … Continue reading

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Decreasing the $290 billion cost of poor drug adherence

A report in the Wall street Journal (May 21, 2013) quotes a $290 billion cost estimated by the New England Health Institute due to poor drug regimen adherence by 33% to 50% of the patients, thus increasing hospital or other … Continue reading

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Are readmission rates a good measure of hospital quality?

An article in the New York Times (March 30, 2013) describes the impact of Medicare penalties based on patient admission rates, claiming that such schemes have resulted in decreased rates, from 19% to 17.8% in one year. But others claim … Continue reading

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The 340B discount drug program and supply chain leakage

An article in the New York Times (February 12, 2013) describes problems with the 340B drug program that requires pharmaceutical companies to provide 20 to 50 % discount to hospitals treating low income and uninsured patients and accounts for about … Continue reading

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A novel solution to get pregnant women in Ghana, ready to deliver, to a hospital faster

An article in the New York Times (October 30, 2012) describes the benefit on women and children’s health if the mother delivers in a hospital. But getting the mother, who cannot afford to pay for a cab, to the closest … Continue reading

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Will shifting patients to retail clinics for minor treatments improve service and lower costs

An article in the New York Times (October 10, 2012) describes the rise of retail clinics in Manhattan, with costs of care 30-40% below doctor’s offices and 80% lower than emergency care. The result of many retail locations is a … Continue reading

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Can data transparency reduce medical errors and increase coordination of care?

An article by Dr Marty Makary in Newsweek (September 24, 2012) describes medical error rates at 25%, with 100,000 people dying due to preventable errors. But he suggests that data transparency, such as the publication of heart surgery data by … Continue reading

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