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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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September 27 2012
by Todd Hixon

Health Cost Wars: Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back)

[First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 26. 2012.] Health care reform is a bit like raising a child. Extending coverage is having the baby: tough at some points but overall pretty quick and gratifying. Paying for health care reform is like raising and educating the child: a long slog, seems impossible at times, and incredibly expensive. […]

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September 27 2012
by Todd Hixon

Big Winners From The SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling

[First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 6, 2012.] The dust is settling from last week’s landmark, and surprising ruling, and it’s time to think about what it means. To start that process I’ve done a bit of poking through stock market data to learn who the smart guys on Wall Street (virtually speaking) think were the winners […]

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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

The Secret of Health-Care Pricing

The secret world of health-care pricing | Marketplace.org. [First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 12, 2012.] A segment on Marketplace* last night (June 11) provided insight into the workings of the  mysterious “Relative Value Update Committee”, commonly called the “RUC” (rhymes with “Duck”). This committee of doctors operates under the auspices of the American Medical Association (more). […]

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September 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Prices Outpace Inflation In A Weak Economy

TODAY.com Blogs – Health care costs rose faster than inflation despite weak economy. [First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on May 30, 2012.] U.S. health care expenditure growth slowed in 2010 to about inflation + 2%, down from inflation + 5% over the previous 20 years. That’s good news, which was widely attributed to reduced utilization of […]

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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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September 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Customer-Driven Health Care Comes Of Age

  [First posted @ blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 26, 2012.] U.S. health care reform* is on the Supreme Court’s operating table. It’s going to be a long, painful procedure, multiple amputations are likely, and the patient’s survival is uncertain. Whatever the outcome, however, the economic pressure that health care costs put on employers and individuals will […]

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June 12 2012
by Todd Hixon

Yes Virginia, Health Insurance Is Different From Broccoli

The Supreme Court will soon rule on challenges to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The central questions before the Court are: 1) is the “Individual Mandate” which requires every U.S. resident to purchase health insurance or pay a fine unconstitutional, and 2) if yes, does the entire ACA need to be struck down and sent back […]

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