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December 9, 2016
It used to be that hospitals billed Medicare for the services they provided, and Medicare – I know this is crazy! – simply paid the bills. Those days are rapidly receding into history. Soon, a significant chunk of hospital revenue … Continue reading →
The post Watch Out Hospitals: Medicare’s Planning to Punish You if You Misbehave appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
November 4, 2016
My son was underperforming at school, and I was gently encouraging him to try harder (if gesticulating like an over caffeinated Italian qualifies as gentle encouragement). He could not understand why I was upset: “Dad, most of my friends are … Continue reading →
The post Is It Fair to Reward Medicaid Patients for Receiving Flu Shots? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 31, 2016
According to recent research, a hug a day could keep the doctor away. According to another study, twitter can predict the chance that people will experience heart attacks. A normal blogger would look at these two findings and tell a … Continue reading →
The post Hugs, Tweets, and Physician Reimbursement — A Problem for Pay-For-Performance appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 14, 2016
Americans spend more per-capita on medical care than just about any other country and, yet, they often have little to show for it. Americans have worse access to care than people in other countries, and are often less likely to … Continue reading →
The post Why The Government Tried To Fix Primary Care And Failed appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 9, 2016
There’s lots to love about American healthcare. We have some of the best clinicians in the world, as evidenced by the huge number of people who come to the U.S. from other countries when they are sick. Yet the American … Continue reading →
The post Americans Love Their Healthcare But Hate Their Healthcare System — Here’s Why appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
August 12, 2016
Left to our own devices, most of us physicians try our best to provide high quality care to our patients. But almost none of us provide perfect care to all of our patients all of the time. In fact, many … Continue reading →
The post Your Physician Can’t See You Yet – She’s Busy Filling Out Paperwork! appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
July 8, 2016
For my entire life, a half century and counting, healthcare spending in the U.S. has almost always risen faster than inflation. Sometimes it’s relatively slow, sometimes it’s relatively fast, but no matter the time, healthcare spending is climbing. Getting healthcare … Continue reading →
The post Three Things to Know about Future Healthcare Spending appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
May 26, 2016
I sometimes worry that my wife Paula won’t be able to see me grow old. Not that I expect to outlive her. She is four years my junior and has the blood pressure of a 17-year-old track star. It’s her … Continue reading →
The post An Easy (But Politically Complicated) Way To Save Billions Of Dollars On Medical Care appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
May 17, 2016
She drew the life-saving medication into the syringe, just 10cc of colorless fluid for the everyday low price of, gulp, several hundred dollars. Was that a new chemotherapy, specially designed for her tumor? Was it a “specialty drug,” to treat … Continue reading →
The post Here’s Why Insulin Is So Expensive, And How To Reduce Its Price appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
April 18, 2016
I post pretty regularly on out-of-pocket medical expenses, a topic I’ve been conducting research on, and one that will fit centrally into the new book I’m writing. Most often when people think about paying for medical care, they think about … Continue reading →
The post The Bills People Struggle to Pay appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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December 20, 2016 9:00 am
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner David A. Kessler has called the failure to recognize the dangers of painkillers one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.
January 28, 2015 5:56 pm
Randy Hillard’s life was saved by a drug that has cost $1 million over the last couple years to keep him alive. He’s now on an FDA panel that approved the first in a new class of life-saving drugs that are much cheaper.
October 15, 2014 4:45 pm
Guatemala will weigh easing punishments for minor narcotics-related offenses as part of a push to liberalize drug policy and explore regulating production of opium poppies and marijuana for medical use, President Otto Perez said.
September 11, 2014 2:54 pm
In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.
July 30, 2014 5:10 pm
This week California’s Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles.
May 29, 2014 3:51 pm
The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012.
May 5, 2014 6:44 pm
When Massachusetts blazed the trail of healthcare reform in 2006 by expanding coverage for the poor and requiring all residents to have health insurance, it may have done more than serve as a model for nationwide reform: it also seemed to save lives, according to a study released on Monday.
February 5, 2014 6:30 pm
Patients may obtain their test results directly from the laboratory that produced them, without having to go through their doctors.
December 11, 2013 7:13 pm
The US Food and Drug Administration dropped some long-awaited-but-still-big news regarding the use of antibiotics in meat production.
June 5, 2013 1:48 pm
Children need a full hour of exercise in schools every day, and not just in physical education classes, the Institute of Medicine recommended on Thursday.
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