Category: Alan Sager

Who Should Mourn for Long Island College Hospital?

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The elderly, residents of a nearby low-income neighborhood and deli owners are bearing the greatest cost of losing a hospital in brownstone Brooklyn. But experts say the impact goes much further…

Expert quote:

“People might look at New York and say there are enough beds, but they are not in the right places. They are in Manhattan. You have so many people in Brooklyn but there are not as many beds.”

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Boston Heavyweights Weigh In On Partners Health Care Expansion

September 29th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WGBH 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The state’s healthcare industry is waiting on a ruling on the agreement between the Attorney General and Partners HealthCare that would allow them to acquire Hallmark and South Shore hospitals…

Expert quote:

“There are no villains in this.  I think the original Partners maneuver to merge stemmed from fear, not greed.”

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Generic Drug Prices On The Rise

September 27th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Generic drugs are the workhorses of health care. They are safe, effective, and affordable and they treat everything from migraines to life-threatening illnesses. But in the past few years, pharmacists and their patients have noticed a significant cost increase in some medicines…

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Harrington, Heywood hospitals join forces to manage contracts

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Two community hospital systems in Worcester County are teaming up to tackle health insurers’ demands to keep patients healthy…

Expert quote:

“I think we have to make it as easy as possible for every needed hospital to remain open.”

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Health policy agency critiques Partners deal

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The state’s Health Policy Commission raised concerns on Thursday about some aspects of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s proposed agreement with Partners Health Care on hospital acquisitions, but the agency did not urge Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders to either approve or disapprove the settlement…

Expert quote:

“You have negotiated and publicly trumpeted a set of apparent constraints on Partners’ behavior. But you offer no convincing evidence that these constraints on behavior are likely to be practical, effective, or even enforceable. Have they been tried elsewhere? Did they work? How often? Without this evidence, it is likely that the constraints you have negotiated will actually enable Partners to garner substantial revenue increases. Right now, the constraints look like feeble regulatory Lilliputians, unable to restrain Partners’ Gulliver.”

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Close Hospitals? Not So Fast.

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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blog post I wrote last week raised the question of whether closing hospitals and firing low-performing physicians could help healthcare in the long-run. The story was based on comments from thought leaders, including athenahealth CEO Jonathon Bush, Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, about America having too many hospital beds and the need for some to close and find a presence elsewhere in the healthcare spectrum…

Expert quote:

“So maybe the hospital closing policy has not been an effective remedy in attacking the real causes of high costs of hospital care.”

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Will the GOP’s ACA Attacks Hasten Single-Payer?

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

As the Republicans in the House of Representatives continue their attacks on the Affordable Care Act, some observers are wondering whether this strategy will paradoxically speed the arrival of a single-payer system…

Expert quote:

“Two large arguments run in the opposite direction, though.”

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Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas

June 15th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Hospitals and family doctors, the mainstays of health care, are pulling out of poor city neighborhoods, where the sickest populations live…

Expert quote:

“In a competitive free market, efficient hospitals would be likelier to survive. That hasn’t happened, providing evidence that no such market is present.”

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In Milwaukee and U.S., hospitals follow money to suburbs

June 15th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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When Aurora Health Care proposed a hospital in Grafton, Maureen Slaby heard more than a few people in the community question why the $250 million facility was needed. After all, there were plenty of beds at the Columbia St. Mary’s hospital five miles away…

Expert quote:

“We do know that in areas where providers get high reimbursements, patients are vulnerable to overcare. And in areas where it’s Medicaid, or patients are uninsured, they are vulnerable to undercare.”

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Lahey’s cost-aware network growing north of Boston

June 1st, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The future of health care in Massachusetts isn’t taking shape just along Boston’s Longwood Avenue or on the banks of the Charles River…

Expert quote:

“As Lahey becomes bigger, as it includes more hospitals and in particular, if they go ahead and merge with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will they then have the leverage of Partners, which will enable them to get Partners-level prices? The rhetoric of cost reduction may surpass the reality.”

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