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Editorial: The Great Moderation in healthcare spending continues

Editorial: The Great Moderation in healthcare spending continues

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 13, 2018

For decades, demographers and economists have predicted the gray tsunami of aging baby boomers would inevitably push healthcare spending over 20% of GDP. But a new paper highlights some recent trends suggesting the future may not be as bleak and hard to manage as predicted.

Editorial: Healthcare, our biggest trade barrier

Editorial: Healthcare, our biggest trade barrier

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 07, 2018

Tariff battles, whether in 1992 or 2018, will not solve what remains one of U.S. businesses' main international competitiveness problems: the higher prices they pay for healthcare and the tab's uneven distribution.

Editorial: The canary in the open enrollment coal mine

Editorial: The canary in the open enrollment coal mine

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 30, 2018

The share of Americans without health coverage will undoubtedly tick up next year for the first time in nearly a decade. This dubious achievement arrives just as the U.S. economy is nearing full employment. This shouldn't be happening.

Editorial: Price transparency's day of reckoning

Editorial: Price transparency's day of reckoning

By Aurora Aguilar  |  October 18, 2018

The healthcare industry, which has embraced a sea change in recent years at the behest of consumers, should now embrace the idea that price transparency is here to stay.

Editorial: Industry's strong players merging in age of healthcare disruption

Editorial: Industry's strong players merging in age of healthcare disruption

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 04, 2018

The prospect of another huge healthcare merger—this time involving two of Texas' more prestigious hospital systems—is the surest signal yet that even the industry's strongest players are having a difficult time navigating the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 07, 2018

New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.

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