Category Archives: Payment Reform

Connecting Physicians to Health Care Cost Transparency

By François de Brantes, MS, MBA and Neel Shah, MD, MPP We recently returned from the National Summit on Healthcare Price, Cost, and Quality Transparency, where leading thinkers convened to discuss next steps in a growing movement to hold caregivers accountable for … Continue reading

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Pay-for-Performance Programs Ignore True Human Motivators

I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the … Continue reading

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Yale’s I-CARE Engages Residents, Faculty on Costs in Friendly Competition

By Robert Fogerty, MD Residency is like the adolescence of medical training. Residents are testing boundaries, learning their limits, and developing their diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Much like a young bear learning to fish, residents learn by doing under the … Continue reading

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Bundled Payments: Are You Ready for Change?

By Joanne Conroy, MD No one really loves change. When the change has an unclear impact, we often resist because of the fear of the unknown. Our resistance runs the emotional gamut from “Life is complex enough; why change what … Continue reading

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Brave New World: How Health Care Will Survive in a Post Fee-for-Service World

By Melinda Rogers When Vivian Lee, MD, needed to find innovative tactics to reduce costs in the health care system, she looked to an airbag manufacturing plant for inspiration. The idea seemed unorthodox at first. After all, what could a factory … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Exchanges and the Affordable Care Act: What To Expect on October 1

By Henry J. Aaron Originally posted on August 7, 2013 You have probably heard the classic definition of the Yiddish word “chutzpah”—it defines the behavior of the youngster on trial for killing both his parents who pleads for mercy because … Continue reading

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Another Attempt to Show the RUC Behind the Curtain

By Roy Poses, MD Originally posted on Health Care Renewal on Monday, July 8, 2013 In 2007, readers of the Annals of Internal Medicine could read part of the solution to a great medical mystery.(1) For years, health care costs … Continue reading

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The Tremendous Value of the Teaching Value Project

By Daniel Wolfson Originally posted on July 29, 2013 2011 Putting the Charter into Practice grantee, Costs of Care, recently released the Teaching Value Project (, a series of educational video modules that spotlight ten reasons why clinicians commonly overuse medical … Continue reading

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Eagerness to Expand Health Insurance Rolls Could Pose Challenges to ACA

By Sarah Sonies Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) voiced his concerns last week that eagerness to enroll eligible low-income individuals in subsidized health insurance programs could cause challenges for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation at the end of the first … Continue reading

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Ms. Sanger-Katz: Come Spend a Week in My Scrubs

By John A. Wilson, MD Originally posted on Neurosurgery Blog on June 28, 2013 As one neurosurgeon put it, “After finishing my last day of seven, 24-hour days, on-call, removing a brain tumor, stabilizing a fractured spine, and finally spending … Continue reading

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