Category: Alan Sager

Insurers asked to improve health cost websites

July 14th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The state’s three biggest health insurers are doing a mediocre job of meeting a state requirement to give consumers estimates of what their care will cost, according to an evaluation being released Tuesday by the advocacy group Health Care for All

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Court Saves Obamacare’s Bacon

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that people who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) federally run insurance exchange can continue to receive subsidies to help pay their premiums…

Expert quote:

“Happily, the Supreme Court today voted 6-3 to obviate still more unnecessary waste. … We can all hope that the nation can put behind us the controversy over a technical glitch in the wording of one section of the ACA, and move on to confronting and overcoming the large challenges that we face.”

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Closing ER ‘slows the bleeding,’ but Mid City General hospital still faces other obstacles

May 30th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Pubic Health

Baton Rouge General–Mid City closed its emergency room to save itself but is exploring more changes as the hospital maneuvers to find a way forward in a competitive market…

Expert quote:

“In the studies I’ve done, in decade after decade, larger hospitals, major teaching hospitals are more likely to survive, and hospitals in black neighborhoods are more likely to close.”

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Health data breaches: No one is immune

March 30th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Up to one-quarter of Americans may have been affected by the Anthem Healthcare data breach in February — estimates that dwarf last year’s Community Health Systems breach by an order of magnitude…

Expert quote:

“The ability of health care companies to compile data has grown far faster than their ability to protect it.”

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Challenge looms for new Partners CEO David Torchiana

February 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

When his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital toasted David F. Torchiana’s recent promotion to the top job at Partners HealthCare, they hoisted cans of Coca-Cola…

Expert quote:

“I don’t know how much difference one individual can make. Partners has been saying for 20 years that its mergers would reduce costs and improve quality, and there’s no evidence they’ve done that. . . Now they want to expand to other states, other countries, other planets. That may or may not be good for Partners. But there’s no reason to suppose that would be good for the people who live and work in Massachusetts.”

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Anthem hack raises fears on medical data — and could have been worse

February 6th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers…

Expert quote:

“The ability of healthcare companies to compile data has grown far faster than their ability to protect it. For too many organizations it’s more about maximizing revenue, while protecting patient confidentiality ranks at the bottom.”

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The Politics of Immunization: Measles and Media

February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The recent measles outbreak in California has made vaccination — which used to be just a public health issue and a topic for Internet chat room debate — into a political football…

Expert quote:

“Some Americans oppose mandatory immunizations because they hate or mistrust government compulsion. Others fear rumored dangers from mercury preservatives. It isn’t surprising that some politicians — motivated by principle or opportunism — hope to gain by aligning themselves with those who hate or mistrust or fear.”

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Merger collapse puts Partners in tight spot

January 31st, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Partners HealthCare will have to tread carefully on any future expansion, or risk a takedown attempt by Attorney General Maura Healey, a hospital expert predicted yesterday…

Expert quote:

“If Partners keeps on attacking and capturing more land, the AG may say, you know these folks are out of control and they’re far too big to allow competition to survive in Massachusetts. If they continue down that road, they may well risk the AG suing to break them up into two parts.”

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Competition Concerns Killed Partners’ HealthCare Deal

January 30th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WGBH 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

A Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thursday struck down a controversial deal that would allow Partners Healthcare to add three hospitals to its already expansive statewide network…

Expert quote:

“I don’t think it’s really possible to get a competitive free market in health care, but in the world that we live more competition will mean lower prices.”

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In-network coverage at risk in St. Vincent, MetroWest dispute with Tufts Health Plan

December 15th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

A contract dispute between Tufts Health Plan and two local hospitals spilled into the public domain Sunday, with both sides taking out newspaper advertisements to explain a situation that could result in thousands of subscribers losing in-network coverage…

Expert quote:

“We have the rhetoric of free-market competition, but not the reality.”

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