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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working

U. S. attempts at health care reform, centered on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”) have created controversy and evoked much criticism and cynicism. I and others have observed that the ACA is much stronger on coverage extension than on cost control. But, we are now seeing evidence that cost growth is […]

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November 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Health Insurer Could Be A Better Friend

In a previous post I argued that the health insurance company is the buyer’s friend going forward. Bending the cost curve is to a significant extent a wrestling match between payers and providers. Health insurers are the heavyweights for the payer team (more). Ebeneezer Scrooge, A Role In Which Health Insurers Are Frequently Cast. Image credit: marzolino […]

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November 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

How Your Health Insurance Will Be Turned On Its Head

In the next decade most health insurance will change from a defined-benefit — you know what services you will receive — to a defined-contribution — you know how much money your employer will pay towards the cost of your healthcare. This very profound change has already swept through retirement benefits, the other main category of […]

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September 4 2013
by Todd Hixon

What The Government’s Big-Data Dump Tells Us About The Hospital Market

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on May 22, 2013.] Mainly, it tells us that there’s not much of a market. On May 8 the Department of Health and Human Services released 17,500 pages of data on the prices U.S. hospitals charge for the 100 most common hospital services. This matters because hospitals receive the largest share […]

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August 28 2013
by Todd Hixon

Technology Alone Will Not Save Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 28, 2013.] Will Silicon Valley’s Confident Technologist Investors Save Healthcare? – Forbes. The post linked above from fellow BCG alumus David Shaywitz gives the Silicon Valley view of health care reform, which, if it were an advertising slogan, might boil down to: “Longer living through better algorithms.” […]

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July 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

Two-Tier Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on August 8, 2012.] Massachusetts, the canary in the health care reform coal mine, is starting to have a two tier health care system. That means that people with limited means have one system available to them, and those who can pay up have another. This came home to […]

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June 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why It Stinks To Be A Healthcare Entrepreneur

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 27, 2013.] This is the title [paraphrased] of a keynote given last week by Jonathon Bush, the CEO of AthenaHealth, at the Xconomy Mobile Madness conference in Cambridge, Ma. What follows are my notes from the speech. The ideas are Jonathon’s. I really like what he’s saying and mostly agree, […]

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September 27 2012
by Todd Hixon

Healthcare Needs Transparency

[First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on Sept. 20, 2012.] The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) triggered a wave of mergers among health care providers that is creating regional juggernauts. Customers urgently need increased price and quality transparency to buy smart and offset the growing market power of providers. In Massachusetts the hospitals are battling the state […]

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September 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

The Bottom Line On The Supreme Court Health Care Decision

[First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 20, 2012.] If you live long enough, anything can happen. Here’s an example that proves this rule: I find myself agreeing (in part) with Robert Raich*. In his opinion segment of the Marketplace radio show last week (link, starting @ 10 min, 10 sec), Raich argued that 1) most […]

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September 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Customer-Driven Healthcare Gets Respect

In Hopeful Sign, Health Spending Is Flattening Out – NYTimes.com. [First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on May 2, 2012.] After my posts of the last two weeks which spoke to the growth of health care spending (link) and the coming-of-age of customer-driven health care (link), I was intrigued to see the same story break in the […]

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