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Editorial: Waste isn't the cause of high healthcare costs

Editorial: Waste isn't the cause of high healthcare costs

A long-standing obsession with waste and overutilization is slowly giving way to a greater appreciation for how entrenched poverty, a tattered safety net and exorbitant prices may explain why we spend so much more than other countries.

Editorial: Second thoughts on physician pay reform

Editorial: Second thoughts on physician pay reform

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission wants Congress to scrap the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System for physicians, better known as MIPS, and replace it with a voluntary program. They want to ditch one before it's even been tried.

Editorial: The era of healthcare consumerism is here

Editorial: The era of healthcare consumerism is here

Put the patient at the center of care. It's a mantra that's voiced as often as the Triple Aim. But most providers and payers admit that, until recently, they mostly dictated what the patient wanted and needed. But now, the era of consumerism is upon us.

Editorial: Good jobs with benefits are the next healthcare reform

Editorial: Good jobs with benefits are the next healthcare reform

One political party is touting skimpy health plans and Medicaid work requirements. In their view, affordable health insurance is a gift to the poor, not a right. My experience suggests it is a gift—to employers that offer substandard wages and no benefits.

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?

It's too early to say the era of cost control, which stretched roughly from 2010 to 2016, is over. But as the latest CMS cost projections suggest, the U.S. appears headed into another period when healthcare spending routinely exceeds the economy's overall rate of growth.

Editorial: The next healthcare reform agenda

Editorial: The next healthcare reform agenda

Until we build a bipartisan consensus that access means everyone in our society has the right to obtain high-quality healthcare at an affordable price, we will never move beyond the sterile "repeal and replace" debate.

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