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
No major healthcare reform initiatives will occur until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. When Joe Biden becomes President, he’ll be too busy getting everyone vaccinated, helping the economy recover and fighting climate change to focus on his praiseworthy reform agenda. Meanwhile, states are too hamstrung by COVID-19’s financial impact to promulgate strong reform measures. Legislators in several blue states … Continue reading Four Pandemic Lessons for Healthcare Reform
Primary care is in trouble again. Last summer, as government assistance programs expired or wound down, primary care practices across the country were struggling to stay afloat because of lost business. By October, patient visits had rebounded in most specialties. But by mid-November, as COVID-19 surged everywhere, primary care physicians reported that they faced critical staffing shortages and limited … Continue reading Primary Care Is Facing a Very Difficult Winter
Starting January 1, U.S. hospitals and health systems must begin making information on their “standard charges”—including their negotiated charges to specific health insurers–available to the public. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring providers to do this in hopes that it will prompt consumers to price shop, which it expects will bring down health … Continue reading Will Transparency Force Hospitals to Cut Prices?