PHYSICIAN-LED HEALTHCARE REFORM: A NEW APPROACH TO MEDICARE FOR ALL, the latest book by veteran healthcare journalist Ken Terry, explains why Medicare for All won’t work unless the U.S. healthcare delivery system is restructured to lower costs – and lays out a blueprint for how to do it.
Ken Terry, the author of two previous books on health care policy and practice, has been writing about the health care field for more than 25 years… (Continue reading)
“This is the only book that makes the explicit connection between the need for clinicians to reduce healthcare waste and the ability to reallocate these resources to improve health. Terry makes the important point that only clinicians, acting with the best available evidence to reduce unexplained clinical variation, can reduce said waste.” —David Nash, MD, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
“Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: A New Approach to Medicare for All offers an encyclopedia of knowledge on the U.S. healthcare system, written in an engaging, popular style.”—Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, professor emeritus of family community medicine at the University of California San Francisco
“Ken Terry has produced a tour de force analysis of the current state of American health care. In a world filled with ‘alternative facts,’ Ken’s encyclopedic reliance on research evidence, instructive interviews, and clear writing makes for compelling reading, whether or not you agree with his prescriptions for reform. An essential resource.”—Robert Berenson, MD, senior fellow at the Urban Institute
The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent drop in patient visits have led some observers to conclude that primary care physicians would be better off financially if they were capitated than if they were paid fee for service. If they received a fixed amount of money per health plan member per month, they’d have a guaranteed income … Continue reading Direct Primary Care: Great for Some Doctors, But Challenging for Patients
In the strangest healthcare business story of 2020, the major health insurance companies are thriving despite—or because of—the pandemic. As the second quarter reports of United, Anthem, Cigna and other insurers reveal, their COVID-19-related costs were outweighed by the sharp drop in claims for other healthcare services. As a result, the second quarter operating gain … Continue reading Health Insurers Ride High for Now, But Watch What’s Coming Next
A recent report by Merritt Hawkins, the physician recruiting firm, includes two key revelations about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on physicians: Merritt Hawkins’ searches on behalf of prospective employers have dropped by 30% since March 31, and up to 35% of practices in some markets might soon close because of their unsustainable financial losses. As … Continue reading Physicians of America, Unite! You Don’t Have to Work for Hospitals