Category: Health care

Controlling Healthcare Costs: Your Money or Your Life

October 1st, 2010 in Campus Events, Health care, Public Health 0 comments


Today starting at 9AM ,  leading experts will debate heathcare ideas and others as part of the 2010 William J. Bicknell Lectureship in Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. This year’s topic is “Controlling Healthcare Costs: Your Money or Your Life?”  featuring lecturer David Cutler. Panelists include Alice Coombs, M.D. President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; William C. Van Faasen, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Kate Walsh, M.P.H. President and CEO of the Boston Medical Center. The event will take place at 670 Albany Street on the Medical Campus.

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Obama names Medicare/Medicaid chief

July 8th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

berwick_4_.JPGAvoiding a political battle over a nomination process, President Obama appointed Harvard Professor Donald Berwick (l.), a patient-care-specialist health-policy expert, to run Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the critical transition into the implementation phase of the new health-care reform law.   BU Professor Stephen Davidson, also a health-policy expert and author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says Berwick is a great choice for a difficult job — and the sooner he gets to work the better.

“Incredibly, the agency has been without a permanent head since October 2006, and that is a luxury that can no longer be sustained as the implementation of the health care reform law gets into high gear.  To a considerable degree, the level of accomplishment of the new law depends on implementation, and many contentious issues will provoke tough battles.  It will take strong leadership committed to the public interest to preserve the law’s potential for doing good.”

Contact Stephen Davidson, 617-353-7422,

What's next for health-care reform?

April 27th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

healthcare reformHealth-care reform is slipping from the media limelight and financial regulatory reform is moving in.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says in a BU Today interview that there’s a lot that needs to be done right to make sure reform stays on track and the insurers don’t game the evolving new system.

“As this program begins to roll out, there are going to be things we won’t like. As more people are affected by it, there may be more support for changes.”

Contact Stephen Davidson,, 617-353-7422

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Drug firm snoops on FDA officials

March 31st, 2010 in Health care, Uncategorized 0 comments

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals logoAmphastar Pharmaceuticals reportedly paid more than $100,000 to a private investigative firm to snoop on FDA officials they suspected of having a too-chummy relationship with a competitor drug maker.  Amphastar insists it did nothing wrong, but Senate Finance Committee investigators are looking into the case.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, an authority on drug law and marketing, says it’s disturbing.

“I don’t know what is more disturbing: that Amphastar hired the private detectives or that they are unapologetic about it after being caught.”

Contact Kevin Outterson, 617-353-3103,

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Healthcare? What about education?

March 29th, 2010 in Education Issues, Health care, Politics 0 comments

Hear School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman’s thoughts on the Healthcare Bill:

He can be reached at 617-353-3213 or

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Healthcare bill to Obama's desk

March 22nd, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

Obama pointsPresident Obama said it was answering “the call to history” when the House passed the Senate’s version of healthcare reform and sent the bill to his desk for signing.  Political Science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says GOP unity in opposition shows how far right the party has moved on domestic policy since the days of Richard Nixon.

“But the situation so baffling to citizens of other democracies in which the United States was the only advanced democracy in the world that did not have health insurance for all its citizens is over.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540,

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Brand/generic patent-deal ban nixed

March 18th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

FTC LogoA proposal, backed by the Federal Trade Commission because it would save consumers money, would have banned patent settlements between brand-name and generic drug makers.  But it was dropped from the health-care reform bill because it couldn’t pass muster with Congressional rules.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, the ban still should be enacted.

“So far, the courts have thwarted the FTC’s valiant efforts to end pay-for-delay.  Whether or not it is included in the health-care overhaul, Congress should do so.”

Contact Michael Salinger, 617-353-4408,

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Last-ditch healthcare reform bid

March 8th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

healthcare reformPresident Obama is making a final effort to get the public to push Congress to pass healthcare reform, bashing the insurance industry for predatory pricing practices.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understandng the U.S. Healthcare System,” says the facts are on the side of reform, but the White House hasn’t made the benefits appear compelling to individual voters.

“Framing the issue as profiteering insurers against ordinary citizens who need medical care should resonate with the public. If reform fails, costs will continue to rise, more and more people will lose coverage (and no one’s coverage is safe), and quality will continue to decline.”

Contact Stephen Davidson, 617-353-7422,

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After the healthcare "summit"

February 26th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

healthcare summitWith President Obama’s ballyhooed healthcare “summit” with Republicans over, political science Professors Graham Wilson and Douglas Kriner offered their takes on what it all means (or doesn’t).

WILSON: “The session showed that there are differences that can’t be bridged. But in purely political terms, neither the President not the Democrats can afford to be seen to have been defeated and enter the midterm campaign with nothing to show on this signature issue.”

KRINER: “The administration did not seem very open to approaches that varied significantly from the Senate bill. This would seem to suggest that both Republican priorities, like comprehensive tort reform, and Democratic ones, like re-introducing the public option, are unlikely to generate real support from the White House.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540,, or Douglas Kriner, 617-358-4643,

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Health premiums rising

February 19th, 2010 in Health care 0 comments

healthcare reformThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report warning of double-digit increases coming in health insurance premiums.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says if the report was released to highlight the need for reform, then the administration is right on.

“The real question is whether they can make the case compellingly enough that wavering Congressmen will pass the Senate bill — and then members of both houses will also pass a reconciliation bill that will satisfy House members who don’t like some of the Senate bill’s provisions.”

Contact Stephen Davidson, 617-353-7422,

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