Oped: Medicaid

State leaders need to work together to tackle Medicaid challenge MASSACHUSETTS HAS A unique culture when it comes to health care.  Over the last quarter century, we have seen the business, provider, payer, consumer, and academic sectors come together to advance reforms aimed at expanding coverage and containing the cost of care. Whether it was repeal...
Read this op-ed in the Boston Herald (September 4, 2016). Sometimes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seems like part of history. While headlines about implementation pains persist, many changes are taking place under the radar. One such change that has received almost no attention is a new fee on Medicaid, called MassHealth in Massachusetts. The ACA...
Massachusetts has chosen to incubate health care solutions rather than wait on the rest of the country. That impulse is correct, provided we take the task seriously. The past 90 days have given us two examples of big policy changes — one empirically based and understated; the other hasty and oversold. First the good news....
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/09/obamacare-more-taxing-than-romneycare-two-laws-differences-debated/ President Obama's camp chafes at the notion the health care law's individual  insurance mandate packs the threat of a tax. One way Democrats have been  responding to to such criticisms is to point the finger at Mitt Romney and the  health care law he signed as governor of Massachusetts. "Let's get down to the...
http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2012/05/great-experiment.html If you read only one book about state and federal health care policy, it should be The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds and Your Healthcare.  Published by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute, it is the most articulate and rigorous presentation of issues that I have seen, a stark contrast from many papers, articles, and...
http://www.massdevice.com/news/ex-medicare-chief-berwick-medical-device-industry-doing-lot-protect-patients?page=3 Erstwhile Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief Dr. Donald Berwick tells MassDevice.com that, despite a clutch of headline-grabbing recalls, medical device makers are doing good work for patients. Public health pioneer and onetime Centers for Medicare & Medicaid chief Dr. Donald Berwick gave some props to the medical device industry ahead of a...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/04/11/ex-obama-medicare-chief-don-berwick-consumer-driven-health-care-a-vicious-idea/ When Don Berwick left his post as acting administration of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I thought it was a win-win. Berwick, would “finally, once again, be able to say what he truly thinks” about the “darkness of private enterprise.” Well, it didn’t take long. Last night, according to the Boston...