What nonprofit hospitals can do to ease the burden of high deductibles

When you have a health care system as complex as ours, you often find the law of unintended consequences operating freely. Lately, high-deductible health plans have been hogging the lion’s share of unintended consequences—they’ve been causing patients to forego necessary care. More recently, high deductibles are also causing an increase…

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Not-for-profit hospitals providing less charity care; why not lower prices?

We’ve complained a lot, at Doctors for Truth in Health Care, about the disconnect between the charitable mission of large, urban, not-for-profit hospital systems and the profit-maximizing behavior of its executives and administrators. Now comes a report, from 2013, showing that seven of the top 10 most profitable hospitals in…

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Health care execs should show improvement in population health to justify fat pay hikes

Big hikes in executive salaries at not-for-profit health care institutions show no sign of abating, even as public scrutiny of not-for-profit compensation grows. According to an August Modern Healthcare analysis, using the most recent public information available, the highest-paid executives at not-for-profit health care institutions saw their income soar 29.6…

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