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Banning: How health insurers can be heroes

| May 11, 2020 | Texas

There are few things that make my blood boil like the hypocrisy we continue to see from the health insurance industry. It has been well documented that medical services, elective procedures, emergency room use and hospitalizations have dramatically declined, yet health insurers continue to collect overpriced premiums from employers and...[ Read More ]

A Marshall Plan for primary care, public health

, | May 8, 2020 | Federal, Texas

Following the devastation of World War II, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild a heavily damaged Europe. Our war against this novel coronavirus is far from over, but it is already wreaking havoc on the nation’s primary care workforce. Our frontline health care providers are putting themselves...[ Read More ]

Banning: On reopening the Texas economy

| May 1, 2020 | Texas

Our grand social experiment of opening Texas’ economy is set to begin today. No one can say with any authority or certainty whether or not Gov. Abbott’s plan will work or not – here’s to hoping for the best. Noam Levey with the LA Times does a fantastic job of...[ Read More ]

Banning: On getting physicians back to work

| Apr 24, 2020 | Texas

  Some good news to report in Texas:  it only took 40 days, but  it looks like the state is finally getting serious about distributing PPE to community physicians, nursing homes and FQHCs. Despite the RACs not yet getting the word, we’re being told that the state feels the hospitals...[ Read More ]

Banning: COVID, primary care and historical context

| Apr 23, 2020 | Federal

  Unless you’re a true health policy nerd, you’ve probably never heard of a book written by renowned Princeton sociology professor Paul Starr entitled The Social Transformation of American Medicine. The book is the definitive history of the American health care system and examines how the roles of doctors, hospitals,...[ Read More ]