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Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.

Editorial: Healthcare PACs voting for incumbent protection

Editorial: Healthcare PACs voting for incumbent protection

Many Democratic congressional hopefuls are making healthcare their top talking point for the upcoming midterm elections, which is not surprising given the low unemployment rate. The early donations from political action groups lean toward the incumbents.

Editorial: Paying for single-payer

Editorial: Paying for single-payer

Single-payer advocates need to articulate how their plan will be paid for. To generate broad-based political support, they will need to show that provider rates will be adequate; that insurers can have a role in the system; and that the public's fear of change can be assuaged.

Editorial: Turn support jobs into good jobs

Editorial: Turn support jobs into good jobs

Growing pay inequality is a huge problem in healthcare. It's going to take a conscious commitment by healthcare's top leaders, sustained over many years, to turn the industry's critical support jobs into good jobs.

Editorial: Caring about children's health after they're born

Editorial: Caring about children's health after they're born

As we hunker down for months of culture wars over abortion, here's a question worth pondering: Wouldn't it be nice if the governing party in Washington cared as much about the well-being of children and their mothers during and after birth as they do about fetuses?

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