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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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October 30 2013
by Todd Hixon

Back to Basics: Why We Have A Budget Crisis

The budget crisis has dominated the news since the 2012 election: fiscal cliff and now sequester. But, the terms of the debate have drifted away from the fundamental forces that created the crisis and will govern a solution. Obama holds forth but Boehner is skeptical. Photo via WhiteHouse.gov.   Listening to the press, I hear […]

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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 18 2013
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Costs: End Of The Phony War?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 20, 2013.] Steven Brill has received a lot of attention for an article published recently, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. Brill illustrates through a series of case studies two things: why medical costs are out of control, and how the impact of this on individuals can […]

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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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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Health Insurance Company Is Your Friend

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 29, 2013.] I’m serious about this, not just trolling for comments. Health insurers have developed a negative image, in many ways justified. But, the game is changing, and in the next period they will be more allies than enemies for both consumers and plan sponsors. Why? The next decade […]

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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 27 2012
by Todd Hixon

Where The Market Approach To Health Care Completely Fails

[First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on August 16, 2012.] Hospital Chain Inquiry Cited Unnecessary Cardiac Work – NYTimes.com. I have advocated for the potential of entrepreneurs and market forces to contribute to health care reform, and I believe there are many such opportunities (more). But there are limits, and the article cited above is a big […]

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