Category: Alan Sager

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

Expert quote:

“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…

Expert quote:

“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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