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June 2, 2021

Late Pressure to Change Surprise Billing Rules Could Derail Savings

An eleventh-hour bid by private equity companies, hospitals and other provider interests threatens to torpedo Congress’ objectives of protecting patients from exorbitant, surprise medical bills and constraining soaring health care costs.

May 17, 2021

The Real Cost of Health Care: Hospitals Dragging Their Feet on Price Transparency

This year’s landmark federal rule requiring the nation’s 6,000 hospitals to begin making pricing data available publicly was supposed to help consumers and purchasers shop more intelligently for health care services. But whether that’s actually occurring seems questionable.

May 4, 2021

Opportunities in COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Equity

Health care leaders are looking to work together differently to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are delivered in an effective, equitable manner.

May 4, 2021

How Primary Care Providers Can Improve Depression Screening

Depression screening is an essential tool for primary care providers to better understand and meet their patients’ needs.

March 23, 2021

4 Ways Employers Can Boost Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake

Employers have a critical role to play in helping end the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging vaccine acceptance and uptake among […]

February 26, 2021

Patient Experience and Telehealth During COVID-19: Investigating Key Success Factors and Obstacles

Telehealth holds great promise for improving primary care through increasing access, improving patient experience and enabling team-based care models. Importantly, while telehealth expands access to all patients, it may improve health equity for lower socio-economic patients who may lack transportation or sick leave. 

February 17, 2021

Democrats Gamble on Two Budget Reconciliation Bills

Faced with Republican resistance on the size and scope of their proposed COVID-19 response legislation, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act, Capitol Hill Democrats are attempting to do something no Congress has succeeded in doing since 2006 – pass two budget reconciliation bills in a single year.

January 19, 2021

2021 Health Policy Priorities: Bipartisanship the Only Path to Success for Large Employers

There is a real window for bipartisan support on legislation focused on reducing health care costs and improving quality.

January 11, 2021

A Conversation with Don Berwick, M.D.: Addressing Social Determinants of Health Essential to Reining In Health Care Costs

Health care’s exorbitant costs can never be controlled without fundamentally shifting society’s focus toward the underlying social and economic conditions.

December 21, 2020

5 Health Care Provisions in the COVID Relief Bill Impacting Employers and Families

Over the weekend, congressional negotiators reached a deal on a more than $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. This legislation will be tied to a year-end government funding bill. Among the many provisions in the bill are several of particular interest for employers and health care purchasers.