Category: Alan Sager

Court Saves Obamacare’s Bacon

MedPage Today 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. … […]

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

The Advocate 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 […]

Challenge looms for new Partners CEO David Torchiana

Boston Globe (subscription required) 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 […]

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

Los Angeles Times 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 […]

The Politics of Immunization: Measles and Media

MedPage Today 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 […]

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

Worcester Telegram & Gazette 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 […]