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Aug 13, 2018
Start with a hospital-school partnership, add a mobile van funded by the hospital’s foundation, and include expert medical guidance from allergists and immunologists: This combination has helped children in St. Louis increase their activity levels and miss fewer school days because they’re better…
Jul 27, 2018
Comparing hospital prices to drug prices is absurd. And although the article claims to be about prices, the chart actually shows National Health Expenditure (NHE) spending numbers, not prices. Despite that, hospital spending has grown at a slower rate than drug spending over the time period…
Jun 8, 2018
For Charles, who is recovering from addiction in Lewiston, Maine, the community garden coordinated by St. Mary’s Nutrition Center has helped change his life—in his words, “to be happy and to grow.” St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, part of Covenant Health, established the Nutrition Center,…
Jun 7, 2018
We previously raised concerns about the most recent “The Price Ain’t Right” study by a group of academic economists that attempted to link hospital concentration and price. We went a step further and asked the very experienced team of economists with Charles River Associates to take a…
May 24, 2018
The AHA is inviting members to become a change agent or health care disruptor—to solve real, complex health care problems and answer the strong demand for innovation in the field now.  We’ve launched the Innovation Challenge to encourage AHA members to explore and rethink new ways to design…
May 24, 2018
As we reflect on and commemorate Mental Health Month, one thing is clear: shining a light on mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) does not exacerbate these conditions; it helps dissolve the stigma often attached to them. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a leader in that regard. It’s…
May 21, 2018
When Gaynor et al. originally released their “The Price Ain’t Right” report on the relationship between hospital prices and market structure in 2015, there were a number of questions and concerns about how they reached their conclusions. Now, with a revised version of that study just released, many…
May 17, 2018
Government administered pricing at the Medicare level for all purchasers of health care services – as suggested in a recent opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post titled, “There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem” – would disrupt the fragile financing system that…
May 14, 2018
Another week, another drug industry-funded consultant attempting to divert attention away from the high and rising costs of prescription drugs by attacking the 340B drug pricing program. Such efforts are intended to not only shift attention away from manufacturers’ bad pricing behavior, but also to…
May 10, 2018
The same cohort of authors responsible for the Health Care Pricing Project’s flawed 2015 paper recently released an updated version. However, the update fails to upgrade the paper’s status as an unreliable attempt to link hospital concentration and price.    Although the paper claims to…