Category: Alan Sager

ACA Roundup: Obama’s Solution to Cancelled Health Plans

November 16th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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A roundup of the latest news about Obamacare…

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Clinton: Prez should restore canceled plans

November 13th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Former President Bill Clinton, who helped sell Obamacare to the nation, stirred up a hornets’ nest when he said President Obama should live up to his word and let Americans keep their health insurance to preserve credibility, even if their plans don’t meet the standards of the new law — but experts tell the Herald substandard plans are a real problem…

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Comparing Bay State’s health care law to Obamacare

October 31st, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, NECN, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Rhode Island Non-Profit Hospital CEOs Criticized For Big Paychecks

October 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The American health-care system may be quite deathly ill…

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“Those seem to be the things that [hospital governing] boards pay the most attention to.”

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Steward hospitals continues to lose money

August 29th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Steward Health Care System continues to lose money on its hospitals more than two years after the company was created by a private equity firm to take over the former Caritas Christi Health Care chain in eastern Massachusetts, according to newly released state figures…

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“The most profitable hospitals are the ones that are able to command higher payments. We again see the survival of the fattest where profitability has more to do with their market leverage than with efficiency.”

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Most Docs Still Take Medicare, Report Finds

August 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The percentage of physicians who accept new Medicare patients has remained fairly stable in recent years and is similar to — if not better than — the percentage who accept privately insured patients, a report released Thursday showed…

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“The scary stories in the press in the past seemed to stem from unsystematic and unscientific voluntary responses by physicians, with substantial shares asserting they don’t see new Medicare patients.”

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NYC’s Dwindling Neighborhood Hospitals

August 19th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Nation 0 comments

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For many New Yorkers, the trip to treat a broken appendage or receive vaccination shots is growing longer…

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“We may look back in 10 years and say, ‘How could we not have seen this coming?’ Keeping open a hospital today is going to cost a lot less than rebuilding at $3 million a bed.”

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Letter: The other side of hospital mergers

August 18th, 2013 in 2013, 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

I read your story “More independent hospitals joining Lahey group” (Globe North, Aug. 11) with interest…

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Controversy Surrounds Buyer of St. Vincent + MetroWest Hospitals

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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A familiar and legally challenged for-profit hospital chain has returned to Central Massachusetts…

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“U.S. health care has enormous problems. [They include] lost access, appropriateness of care, wrong caregivers in the wrong places, too many hospitals or doctors–or too few, at some. Some people hoped that a functioning free market would remedy some of these problems.”

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Obama’s Health Law Remarks Get Praise, Jeers

August 12th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Health policy experts had varying responses Monday to President Obama’s recent remarks about congressional Republicans hoping to repeal his signature 2010 health law…

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“I see coverage of successive House votes to defund ACA or otherwise prevent ACA provisions from being implemented. The president has framed the discussion differently: What are the two real-world options? I’d guess this is at least as worthy of coverage as the House votes.”

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