Telehealth: Affordable Care Friend…or Foe? A Partners Physician Weighs In
The health care access benefits of telehealth—care provided remotely through virtual technologies—has prompted physicians and policymakers to examine how its use can be expanded to benefit patients. As providers and health systems experiment with new applications, a key question has emerged: How will telehealth impact health care spending?
Changing the Conversation Around Health Care Policy
For decades, health care reform in Washington, DC has been mired in partisan politics, often limiting policymakers' ability to enact solutions that enhance quality and access. A new effort aims to break the gridlock and deliver affordable, quality care-and Partners HealthCare has a seat at the table.
Senate Health Care Reform Bill: Bad Medicine for the Commonwealth
Is the Senate health care bill the right prescription for the right condition? Two opinion pieces in this morning's Boston Herald identify ways in which the Senate’s "cure" misdiagnoses the health care challenges we face—with unintended side effects.
Heads of Brigham, Mass General Speak Out on New Health Care Bill
On October 23rd, the Massachusetts State Senate held a hearing at the State House to weigh the pros and cons of a new health care bill it is considering. A major component of the proposal would set a new target for hospital spending.
State Makes Progress On Health Costs
Yesterday, the state's Center for Health Information Analysis (CHIA) released a report measuring growth of health care spending in Massachusetts. The report contained some very positive news, indicating that health spending in Massachusetts rose about 2.8%—coming in lower than the benchmark state regulators established as part of Chapter 224.
Partners CEO Talks Nation's Most Pressing Health Care Issues
This past weekend Partners HealthCare CEO Dr. David Torchiana appeared on NECN’s The New England Council’s DC Dialogue to discuss some of the most pressing health care issues in Massachusetts and in the nation.
Our View: The Commitment to a Vital Massachusetts Biomedical Ecosystem Continues
Just this past month, Partners HealthCare CEO David Torchiana, MD, and Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, co-authored a Boston Globe op-ed reiterating the vital importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to the local biomedical community.
Massachusetts Health Care – The Road Ahead
The Commonwealth’s commission on provider price variation is nearing the end of its deliberations. The commission has worked diligently since last year and co-chairs Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Senator James Welch deserve credit for the effort they have made to find consensus among disparate perspectives.
PBS NewsHour Examines Partners' Progress on Accountable Care
Now that the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model is an integral part of many health care systems across the U.S., including Partners, PBS NewsHour recently asked: How are they working? A number of Partners HealthCare staff who work at the forefront of the ACO movement answered.
Health Care Costs Facts to Consider: Recent Cost Trends and Whether Boston Hospitals Get Paid More Than in Other Cities
Over the course of the past week, a number of health care cost proposals have been put on the table, which would cap or, in some cases, cut prices paid to Massachusetts hospitals.