• In this election year, health reform may be biggest issue

    I have always been somewhat apolitical, never registering with either major party, spreading votes among both, and even others occasionally. And I realize that many people feel strongly about their political positions these days. Still, it seems to me that life goes on regardless of who gets elected. I am more comfortable focused on pragmatism, what will actually work, than any political ideology.

  • Reform opponents have vested interest in status quo

    'Insurance exchange is an exercise in group purchasing.'

    Guest Column: Ted Almon

  • Repertoire - A New Class of Competitor

    It is a natural tendency for large buyers to look to eliminate middlemen in their purchasing. The concept is sometimes called disintermediation, and it can occur in any channel of business where customer consolidation creates very large buyers in relatively short periods of time. Our industry should keep this in mind as we consider the seeming trend by some hospital networks toward self-distribution.

  • Time to remove health care from ideological debate

    In my last visit to this space, I raised several questions about our network of hospitals in an era of health care reform. Fundamentally though, I had one overarching question: Should we attempt to plan the transition to a more efficient and right-sized network of hospitals, a change that could better serve the needs of our communities today while containing costs, or should we simply wait and let the market do it for us?

  • More-efficient model needed for hospitals’ survival

    I know from many years of volunteer and fundraising work that people in our communities care deeply about their local hospitals.

  • If designed right, health exchange can save money

    As the governor’s commission on health reform continues to debate the various issues  outlined somewhat vaguely in the Affordable Care Act, one group, the Exchange Work
    Group, has encountered more than its share of challenges.