January 3, 2018
Can the New Year Bring A Real Solution to Affordable Health Care–From Providers?
Every New Year, we commence another round of solutions to fix our expensive health care system. 2018 will be no different. A predicted 5.5 percent increase in medical costs over last year will no doubt spawn new efforts to contain direct payments to providers or transfer costs to consumers—or both. No solution has appeased health system stakeholders, including employers, health plans, consumers and providers. No matter where the system is pinched, another part reacts, and costs continue to outpace inflation. Most solutions, however, have been implemented by payers—government and commercial health plans, as well as employers—against providers and consumers. Why…Read More