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Exploiting Charity Drugs: Hospital Program Earns Billions But Forgets Mission

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Dr. Bill Smith about his recently released paper entitled, "340B Drug Discounts, An Increasingly Dysfunctional Federal Program," which analyzes the evolution of a well-intentioned program to offer discounted drugs to the uninsured from a benefit that had helped charitable hospitals to one that has exploded to generate billions in profits while serving fewer uninsured.

Study: Massachusetts Should Retain Additional Healthcare System Flexibility Granted During Pandemic

Massachusetts’ emergency declaration for COVID-19 ends on June 15, and with it some enhanced flexibility that has been allowed in the healthcare system.  Some of the added flexibility highlighted barriers that make the system more expensive, harder to access and less patient-centered, and the Commonwealth should consider permanently removing these barriers, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.

Ten Health Policy Changes That Should Outlive COVID-19

A new study published by Pioneer Institute recommends ten healthcare reforms allowed during COVID-19 that should remain in effect permanently, after the state's emergency declaration for COVID-19 ends on June 15. These reforms have enhanced flexibility in the healthcare system, highlighting barriers that make the system more expensive, harder to access and less patient-centered.

Direct Health Care Agreements: A New Option for Patient-Centered Care That Costs Less and Reduces Provider Burnout

Especially in the COVID era, many are looking to alleviate the increased burden on the healthcare system.  One solution is direct healthcare (DHC), which can provide more patient-centered care at affordable prices and is an effective model to increase access to care for the uninsured, underinsured and those on public programs like Medicaid. This paper aims to explain the possible benefits of DHCs, often using DPCs as an example, as they have built a successful record around the country and in Massachusetts.

Study Finds Patient Cost for MRI Largely Unrelated to Overall Price or Insurer Contribution at 14 MA Hospitals

Read coverage of this report in WCVB-TV, Boston Herald, the Boston…

Can State Pensioners Pay for Future Medically Necessary Long-term Care?

At some point many people find themselves needing help to care…

Study: Health Care Costs on Course to Threaten Livelihood of Most American Families

Read news coverage of this report in the Springfield Republican. Percentage…

Study: $1B Price Tag for ACA Health Exchange & New Medicaid Program in Mass.

Study: $1 Billion Price Tag for ACA Health Exchange & New…

Consumer Driven Health Care a Proven Cost-Saving Strategy

As part of a push to contain health care cost growth, business leaders, state administrators, and policymakers should focus on Consumer Driven Health Care (CDHC) plans that involve consumers in making health care decisions.

STUDY: Obamacare tax to hit middle class in Massachusetts

While the Affordable Care Act might have taken its inspiration and ideas from the groundbreaking 2006 health care reform law in Massachusetts, the Bay State will not be exempt from some of the costs associated with the federal law.

Big “Cadillac Tax” Ahead for Massachusetts’ Middle Class

A new brief from Pioneer Institute, The Impact of the Federal Health Law’s “Cadillac Insurance Tax” in Massachusetts, estimates additional costs associated with the ACA's so-called "Cadillac tax," will affect well over 50% of workers in Massachusetts.

Big ACA Middle-Class Tax Increase in Mass, $87K for Small Biz Employee

Pioneer is releasing a new brief estimating the impact of…

Hospital leaders see little impact in Mass. from high-court ruling

http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/local/ci_20971016/hospital-leaders-see-little-impact-mass-from-high While…

Right-leaning? The states as laboratories of democracy?

http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2012/06/right-leaning-states-as-laboratories-of.html I…

Viewpoints: Wis. Vote Cements Walker Plan To Raise State Workers’ Health Costs; Treating Addiction; Obama’s Silence On Insurance Mandate

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2012/June/06/wed-opinions.aspx Chicago…

But Will The Cost-Cutting Bills Really Save Money?

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/05/cost-cutting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbAb9I6_CaQ&feature=player_embedded It…

Will Beacon Hill’s Payment Reform Work?

Pioneer Institute’s Health Care Policy Director Josh Archambault…

Health Care: No, the State Doesn’t Know Best

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2884604/posts PRICES…

2012 Hewitt Health Care Lecture

Pioneer's 2012 Hewitt Health Care Lecture enjoyed record attendance, and featured a presentation by Dr. Don Berwick, formerly the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Berwick was followed by James Capretta, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

How Much Do Same-Sex Marriage & Health Care Overlap Constitutionally?

Socially liberal commentators opine against some conservative’s…

Does Your Doctor Know How Much That Costs?

A local group  (run by a former classmate of mine) is accepting…

More Bad News for Governor’s Regulatory Regime for Payment Reform

A Washington Post article today is sure to influence the debate…

2011 Hewitt Health Care Lecture

Pioneer Institute’s 2011 Hewitt Health Care Lecture at Harvard Medical School focused on the passage of the federal health overhaul, and featured a debate between two of the nation’s preeminent health policy experts: Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former advisor to McCain for President, and Dr. Jonathan Gruber, advisor to President Obama.

2010 Hewitt Health Care Lecture

Pioneer's 2010 Hewitt Health Care Lecture featured Dr. Jeffrey Flier, Dean, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Flier provided a historical overview of health care reform, and outlined his concerns about the federal heath care law, the Affordable Care Act.

CPOE Initiative

In 2004, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), in…

A National Market for Individual Health Insurance

Health insurance markets are regulated by the states under the…

Nonprofit to For-Profit Conversions in Health Care

Privatization is a term that has triggered passionate debate…