Category: Health care

Controlling Healthcare Costs: Your Money or Your Life

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 […]

Obama names Medicare/Medicaid chief

Avoiding 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 […]

Drug firm snoops on FDA officials

Amphastar 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, […]

Healthcare bill to Obama's desk

President 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 […]

Brand/generic patent-deal ban nixed

A 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 […]

After the healthcare "summit"

With 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 […]

Health premiums rising

The 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 […]