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Commentary: Alaska Supreme Court issues milestone decision interpreting the Alaska Medical Peer Review Statute

| Oct 5, 2018 | Alaska

On September 14, 2018, the Alaska Supreme Court significantly strengthened the protection for records and materials submitted to, or reviewed by, peer review organizations with its landmark decision interpreting AS 18.23.030, the Alaska Medical Peer Review Statute. In a unanimous decision reversing two lower court rulings, the Alaska Supreme Court...[ Read More ]

Column: The Uninsured Conundrum

| Aug 30, 2018 | Texas

W. Stephen Love is President & CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and a member of the Convening Panel for the State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.” Regarding the reduction of our uninsured and underinsured population,...[ Read More ]

Will the marketplace fix health care costs?

, | Jul 23, 2018 | Washington

The United States’ three trillion dollar health care industry, an industry that affects every American is, from a cost containment perspective, out of control. For the past 35 years, health care has been the focus of every cost-containment strategy under the sun - and nothing has worked. Since 1970, health...[ Read More ]

Column: Uninsured on the rise in Texas

| Jul 18, 2018 | Texas

W. Stephen Love is President & CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and a member of the Convening Panel for the State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Many improvements in the healthcare uninsured rates of U.S. citizens are beginning to erode, according to a Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey released this summer. Recent actions...[ Read More ]

Helping entrepreneurs navigate the health data universe

| Jun 29, 2018 | Washington

Data can be a barrier to innovation but it can also be a driver. Imagine the progress that could be made if smart, curious people could access the rich information they need to design, develop and deploy new solutions. This sentiment has been echoed within the walls at the Cambia...[ Read More ]

Moda takes a hit in Court of Appeals decision

| Jun 19, 2018 | Oregon

Tom Holt is the Managing Partner at The Holt Company, a Government and Public Affairs firm based in Portland, Oregon.  Moda Health’s chances of recovering $214 million in ACA exchange market risk adjustment funds dropped precipitously last week. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower...[ Read More ]

Researchers and Scientists Bring New Era of Medicine to California’s Capitol

| May 30, 2018 | California

California’s great weather, majestic scenery and sandy beaches aren’t all that the state has to boast about.  The Golden State is also a major global hub for the research and development of breakthrough cures and treatments. The state’s innovative spirit, leading academic medical institutions and commitment to medical breakthroughs has...[ Read More ]

Lessons for Oregon from California's anti-competitive lawsuit

| Apr 17, 2018 | Oregon

Late last month California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against Sutter Health, alleging that the health system is charging prices for hospital services that far exceed what the company would be able to charge in a competitive market. "It's time to hold healthcare corporations accountable and bring down...[ Read More ]

Column: Freestanding Emergency Centers Provide Transparency for Patients and Employers

| Mar 20, 2018 | Texas

The Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a hearing on Wednesday March 21, 2018 to discuss their interim charge of increasing transparency for healthcare consumers. In 2016, I wrote an article asking our Texas Legislature to pay close attention to the man behind the curtain. That...[ Read More ]

An open letter to the Portland-area health care community from Director Patrick Allen

| Dec 22, 2017 | Oregon

In recent days our partners at FamilyCare announced the company will close its Medicaid health plan at the end of this year due to financial problems. Like many people in the Portland area, I am disappointed FamilyCare is shutting its doors. FamilyCare’s decision stems from a protracted rate dispute between...[ Read More ]