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I Finally Understand US Health Policy

By UWE REINHARDT The following exchange occurred during an interview of President Trump with journalists of the NYT: HABERMAN: That’s been the thing for four years. When you win an entitlement, you can’t take it back. TRUMP: But what it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets

Watching Obamacare Die

By KIP SULLIVAN It’s hard to know what “Trumpcare” is, but whether it’s “repeal” or “repeal and replace with something terrific,” it was and is going to fail. It was either going to fail to be enacted by Congress, or if it was enacted, it was going to set off such a bipartisan backlash it — the new way to think about health tech

By MATTHEW HOLT I’ve also been having a bit of fun with creating a new site called, which uses the domain extension. Well you knew you needed both a new definition to replace the fuzzy term “digital health” is so 1999! But what am I talking about when I use

Parsely Health Interview & Job Ad!

By MATTHEW HOLT A little while back I caught up with former Health 2.0er Robin Berzin. (I first ran this video interview on Facebook). She’s a functional medicine doctor and now CEO of Parsley Health, a direct pay/concierge functional medicine clinic that also uses lots of new health tech. It’s operating in New York, Los

Healthcare’s Hundred Years’ War

By JOHN IRVINE Is Trumpcare Dead? Was it ever really alive? Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said yesterday that they would not vote for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, effectively killing the legislation.  As anybody who has been following this story would have predicted, President Trump reacted publicly on Twitter on Tuesday morning, vowing

Regulatory Capture Tests the New Administration

By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD The bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act charges HHS / ONC to deal with two issues that previous laws (HIPAA and HITECH) and the Obama HHS left in-progress: information blocking and longitudinal health records. ONC needs to deal with these two issues at a time when there are calls to delay or

The Most Important Questions About the GOP’s Health Plan Go Beyond Insurance and Deficits

By ROSS KOPPEL and JASMINE MARTINEZ Ending healthcare for those who need it will not make them or their problems disappear. On the contrary, the GOP plan will shatter American families and the economy. Nothing magical happens if we stop caring for the elderly, the ones who need vaccinations, the small infections that can be

Which Is More Efficient: Employer-Sponsored Insurance or Medicaid?

By SAURABH JHA, MD An old disagreement between Uwe Reinhardt and Sally Pipes in Forbes is a teachable moment. There’s a dearth of confrontational debates in health policy and education is worse off for it. Crux of the issue is the more efficient system: employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) or Medicaid. Sally Pipes, president of the market-leaning Pacific Research

The Entertainment Presidency: A Primer For Health Care Professionals

By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD and BENJAMIN GRAY, MD Many physicians have expressed dismay at the conduct of US president Donald Trump.  But whether colleagues find his politics objectionable or congenial, his conduct bold or vulgar, and the man himself an imbecile or a genius, it is important for healthcare professionals to understand that the Trump

Changing Health Insurance Plans Again. Seriously? 

By PAUL KECKLEY On the golf course, my son Jason has an uncanny ability to hit any tree within earshot of his intended target line. It’s fait accompli in his book. And his reaction is always the same: “seriously!” The same is his plight with health insurance. Though a self-employed healthy single male with a

Join Our Free Webinar About Advancements and Challenges in Patient Matching

By JILL MERRIGAN Join Health 2.0’s Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya in discussion with Adam Culbertson, Innovator-In Residence, HIMSS; Abel Kho, Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University; and Tom Leary, VP of Government Relations, HIMSS. Show More Summary

The BCRA is an improvement over Obamacare. Here’s why..

ANISH KOKA MD Dr. Jha writes on these pages in typically stirring fashion about his views on the recent health care kerfuffle and rightly so fingers what the real focus of our efforts should be: Cost.  He ends by slaying both sides because of their refusal to confront the hospital chargemonster – the fee schedule

Repeal and Replace. Repeal and Replace. Repeal …

By Brian JOONDEPH, MD Repeal and replace.  Simple enough on the campaign trail.  We heard this promise in 2010, when voters gave the House to Republicans.  We heard it again in 2012, when voters gave them the Senate.  Despite controlling Congress, Obamacare remained the law of the land.  Candidate Donald Trump, along with most Republican

Should Doctors and Nurses Be Patient Activists?

By DANIELLE OFRI, MD When the eminent physician Dr Cliff Cleveland wrote his memoir about his years in medical practice, he entitled his book, “Sacred Space.” Yes, it’s a bit sentimental, but he pays rightful homage to the idea that that relationship between patients and their doctors and nurses is something exceedingly precious. Medical professionals

The Decline and Fall of Informed Consent

By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD and JAMES LYNCH, MD Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit, tells the story of the final hours of Vivian Bearing, PhD, an English professor dying of cancer.  Early in the course of her disease, one of her doctors sees the value of her case from a research point of

Believe Them the First Time

By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD I remember the first time someone threatened to kill me. It was my day off, so I was not in the clinic that day; a Children’s Hospital specialty group was working there instead, and after a staff member called the police, she notified me.  A father had walked in saying he wanted

Beyond “Repeal and Replace”

BY DANIEL STONE, MD The toxic polarization of Washington politics might lead even the most stubborn optimist to abandon any hope for bipartisanship on healthcare. Despite endemic pessimism, the flagging efforts to forge a Republican consensus on “repeal and replace” might set the stage for overdue efforts at compromise. Congress will be tempted to move

Announcing Dr. Don Rucker as a Featured Speaker for the Fall Conference!

By JILL MERRIGAN We are pleased to announce that Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be a featured speaker and a panelist at our upcoming Health 2.0 11th Annual Fall Conference, October 1-4, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. Show More Summary

Unreformed: Taming the Charge Monster

By, SAURABH JHA Any backpacker travelling on a shoestring budget in Thailand knows not to blow their entire budget on premium whiskey in a premium hotel on the first night in Bangkok. Rather, you need to skip the occasional meal, stay in a cheap dorm with random strangers, and drink cheap beer on Khao San

Fall Conference Demo Submission Deadline EXTENDED to 7/7/17

By JILL MERRIGAN Have an innovative product or solution you want to showcase to the entire health care community? Show us what you got! Live demos are standalone, but they’re often interspersed into larger panel sessions with commentators reflecting on the demo and how they believe it fits into health care. The 3.5-minutetechnology demos are a major hallmark

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