Ending hospital dominance of policy

Health care lobbying dollars ensure that hospital systems, insurers and pharma companies boost their own revenue at patient expense. Fighting their influence is critical.

Health care companies, particularly large, urban hospital systems, have become too big.  Their status as large employers has provided them with a stranglehold on the development of new health care policies.  The result?  Today’s health care system.

The outsized influence and bargaining power of hospitals is responsible for the high cost of health care in America.  How do we lessen their impact?

 

Ending Hospital Dominance of Policy | Partners for Truth in Health Care Burdened with sunk investments, hospitals about to hit the wall - We are two-thirds of the way through an excellent three-part Forbes series by Dr. Robert Pearl on what’s wrong with U.S. health care. The latest installment argues that hospital behavior ...
Health care crowdfunding Move to high deductibles a disaster - In theory, it sounded good. Make patients pay a little more out of pocket and they’ll start shopping around for lower-cost health care providers. So executives at health plans, along ...
Unnecessary health care costs | Truth in health care Helping physicians and patients make wise financial choices - The kindred spirits at Costs of Care are celebrating the 5th anniversary of their excellent “Choosing Wisely” program. To help reduce health care costs, they’ve compiled information from the medical ...
Anthem refusing imaging | Truth in Health Care Anthem to hospitals: We won’t pay your high imaging prices - Insurance giant Anthem’s new policy of refusing coverage in nine states for outpatient imaging tests performed in a hospital has created quite a stir. Good for them! While acting in ...
employer provided insurance tax-free Should employer-provided health insurance be tax-free? - At the intersection of tax and health care reform lies a number of controversial issues. One issue, which many shy away from talking about, is whether employer-provided insurance should remain ...
PILOT health care tax | Truth in Health Care Cities pressure nonprofits to pay up or lose tax exemption - Cash-strapped cities are beginning to wake up to a new revenue source in their midst: the local not-for-profit hospital. Increasingly, city fathers are trying to persuade nonprofit hospitals to voluntarily ...
Non-Profit Hospitals Nonprofit hospitals: Demonstrate real community health benefits or lose your tax exemption - I’ve been pushing for many years for greater scrutiny of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Now comes a comprehensive look at the tragedy of this situation from Dan Diamond ...
As health care collapses in Congress, let’s shift focus to prices, not payment | Truth in Health Care As health care collapses in Congress, let’s shift focus to prices, not payment - Are we reaching a tipping point in the discussion of health care reform? I felt somewhat optimistic about it the other day, after reading a letter from a Kokomo Tribune ...
Vermont scores a small victory for health care competition | Truth in Health Care Vermont scores a small victory for health care competition - After a two-year struggle, an independent ambulatory center has been approved in Vermont over opposition from the most powerful hospital in the state. The Green Mountain Care Board issued a ...
Would you take health care advice from a robot? | Truth in Health Care Would you take health care advice from a robot? - Artificial intelligence (AI) is hitting its stride these days. It’s hard to make a decision anymore without first consulting Siri, Alexa, Cortana or another of their electronic siblings. Could we ...
Bring back the prepaid doctor visits | Truth in Health Care Bring back the prepaid doctor plan - Christy Ford Chapin hits the nail on the head, when she laments how much time we waste trying to fix health care while propping up a failed payment structure based ...
Ancient, anti-competitive health care laws still wield power - If you’re ever desperate for a guaranteed laugh-out-loud moment, I recommend Googling “craziest laws still on the books.” Here you will learn that, in Florida, unmarried women are prohibited from ...
Survey shows insurers not interested in providing patient guidance. | Truth in Health Care Blog Survey shows insurers not interested in providing patient guidance - The new survey from health care technology firm HealthMine is out, and respondents aren’t happy with their insurers. Seventy-three percent of respondents don’t think their insurance plan understands their health ...
Hospitals singing the "Empty Bed Blues" Hospitals singing the “Empty Bed Blues” - As inpatient volumes decline, hospitals are now experiencing what Bessie Smith sang about in 1928—the “Empty Bed Blues.” After years and years of overbuilding, today’s hospitals can boast of lobby ...
Are nonprofit hospitals makeing money off their tax exemptions? | Truth in Health Care Are nonprofit hospitals making money from their tax exemptions? - More than 60 percent of the 5,500 hospitals in America are not-for-profit, including seven of the most profitable 10. For several years now, such jaw-dropping profits at many large, urban ...