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America’s Frayed Safety Net Undermines Improved Primary Care


Key Takeaways Many high-cost Medicare and Medicaid patients suffer from multiple chronic conditions that have been poorly treated or left untreated, often for many decades. The healthcare system does a …

What Pandemic? Investors Love Hotspotting 2.0


Key Takeaways Investors expressed confidence in Oak Street Health’s model for caring for high-cost, low-income patients by sending its shares soaring 90% on the first day of trading after an …

Make No Big Plans: The Democratic Party’s Unity Platform for Healthcare


Key Takeaways The Democratic Party’s emerging healthcare platform, crafted by a unity task force picked by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, carefully avoids controversial issues. …

Make No Big Plans: The Democratic Party’s Unity Platform for Healthcare

Don’t bail out. Bail in to value-based care.


Key Takeaways: Hopes for a V-shaped recovery in healthcare spending are fading fast as COVID-19 caseloads, hospitalizations and ICU bed use surge in half the U.S. Hospital and physician practices …

Don’t bail out. Bail in to value-based care.

Tracing: Get It Done, Make It Permanent.


Key Takeaways The U.S. needs a comprehensive tracing program to safely reopen an economy hobbled by COVID-19. State and local governments must hire between 100,000 and 300,000 workers for a …

Tracing: Get It Done, Make It Permanent.

Testing Snafus – Testing, Testing, 1, 2, Whoa!


Key Takeaways: Increasing scrutiny of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) for COVID-19 casts doubts on accuracy.  Critics fear many FDA-approved tests generate an unacceptably high level of false negatives due to imperfect …

Testing Snafus

Rogue Cops and Vigilantes: COVID-19’s Best Friends


Key Takeaways Widespread civil unrest in the wake of the police and vigilante murders of two African Americans has set back the effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health …

Rogue Cops and Vigilantes: COVID-19’s Best Friends

Better Data. Better Outcomes. Moving Toward a National Health Information Exchange


Key Takeaway: A national Health Information Exchange (HIE) will be an invaluable tool for federal, state and local public health officials fighting to protect Americans from the COVID-19 and future …

The FDA’s Vast, Uncontrolled, COVID-19 Science Experiment


Add the Food and Drug Administration to the lengthening list of federal agencies abandoning best scientific practices as it caters to the ill-informed whims of the president of the United …

Pandemic Preparedness 101: Creating Appropriate Surge Capacity


In 2014, Israel opened a parking garage that can be turned transformer-like into a 2,000-bed hospital. The architects hired by the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa designed the walls of …