Category: Alan Sager

Partnership — a strong prescription

April 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Lowell General Hospital found itself among a shrinking minority of hospitals still standing alone when CEO Normand Deschene made a phone call to a familiar ally last fall.  Deschene turned to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, which has been sending physicians to Lowell General as part of a neonatology affiliation since 1995. The two hospitals finalized a formal pediatrics affiliation in 2006.

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Lowell General forms partnership with Tufts, a top Boston teaching hospital

April 14th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Lowell General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center are forming a partnership to create a new health system that both hospitals said will maintain local autonomy and allow each to offer better care to patients…

Expert quote:

“Many people either believe or say they believe that competition among hospitals by price or by quality is a good way to hold down health care costs. But you need a lot of competitors — the more the better.”

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Doc Groups Diss Medicare Pay Release

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Organized medicine expressed concerns Wednesday about the possible consequences of releasing Medicare pay data for individual providers…

Expert quote:

“I don’t know why patients would look at the numbers, and I don’t know what they’d make of them — apart from naive curiosity.”

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UMass Memorial system goes from profits to losses

April 6th, 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

Just five years ago, UMass Memorial Health Care posted an operating surplus of $83 million. The nonprofit operator of five hospitals in Central Massachusetts generated $68 million of that cash at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where doctors and nurses treated everyone from premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit to accident survivors at Worcester’s only trauma center…

Expert quote:

“If volume drops, revenue drops much faster than costs. Hospital profitability, to a considerable degree, is volume driven.”

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LETTERS: Closing of North Adams hospital raises alarm

April 4th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The closing of North Adams Regional Hospital highlights a big challenge facing health care in our state…

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State looks at hospital options

March 27th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

State officials Wednesday hinted they may be preparing to challenge the planned Friday shutdown of North Adams Regional Hospital, with Attorney General Martha Coakley saying her office is weighing legal moves and Governor Deval Patrick suggesting he wasn’t yet ready to concede the financially ailing hospital will close…

Expert quote:

“It’s a small hospital. It doesn’t need a lot of money to stabilize its finances.”

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Repurposing Closed Hospitals as For-Profit Medical Malls

March 4th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

New Jersey has been losing hospitals for more than two decades; 26 have closed in that time, many in poor, urban neighborhoods that are left with an empty shell where a hospital once stood…

Expert quote:

“The mix of services is radically different” at a medical mall. The services added might be more profitable, and if they’re not profitable, they are probably going to close.”

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Insurers under fire as Obamacare kicks in

January 10th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Obamacare’s biggest problem isn’t the troubled HealthCare.gov website anymore…

Expert quote:

“There’s equal opportunity for incompetence by the public and private sector in administering such a large new program,” he said. “People are deservedly angry and resentful.”

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Panel opposes Partners expansion on South Shore

December 17th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

A state watchdog agency, in a rare rebuke to Partners HealthCare System, is expected on Wednesday to advise against Partners’ aggressive plan to take over South Shore Hospital and a nearby doctors group, saying the acquisitions would push up patients’ costs and stifle medical care competition in the region…

Expert quote:

“If you believe competition between hospitals and among doctors groups can hold down costs, then you need more competition. The effort by Partners to bring in South Shore Hospital and Harbor Medical would increase their power to win higher prices.”

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Rockaway’s only remaining hospital seeks multi-million dollar expansion

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The only remaining hospital in the Rockaways is seeking state approval for a multi-million dollar expansion — despite its bleak financial prognosis…

Expert quote:

“There can be a domino effect when one hospital closes. The [old hospital’s] patients and their medical problems and financial problems follow them to the new hospital.”

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