Social scientists know a lot about the root causes of so much of the ill-health in our society, yet healthcare systems have rarely acted on that knowledge. That's finally starting to change.
The next Veterans Affairs secretary faces a tough job. The agency's ability to meet the special healthcare needs of a rapidly changing veteran population hangs in the balance.
How can the federal government meet its Medicare obligations to retirees—half of whom have no personal savings or pensions—when it continually reduces taxes?
The nation needs a far more robust federal nutrition program, just as it needs more robust housing, job training, early childhood development and other social programs that tackle the so-called social determinants of health.
Everyone in Washington agrees bold action to combat the opioid epidemic is long overdue. Yet the legislation advancing in Congress barely qualifies as a start.
Because of the horrendous public health consequences of rampant gun violence, it's incumbent on every healthcare leader to join the #NeverAgain movement.
Healthcare leaders need to expand their vision of what it means to pursue population health management to raise quality, lower costs and improve the overall health of their patients.
Dr. David Shulkin's ouster as head of the Veterans Affairs Department suggests the forces seeking full privatization of veterans' healthcare now have the upper hand in Washington.
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.
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.
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.
The hospital systems buying physician practices say vertical integration will facilitate care coordination and lower costs. Where's the evidence?