Why Public Health Is in Crisis!

State and local public health departments across the country have endured not only the public’s fury, but widespread staff defections, burnout, firings, unpredictable funding and a significant erosion in their authority to impose the health orders that were critical to America’s early response to the pandemic. While the coronavirus has killed more than 700,000 in…

Continue to keep Americans in the dark: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association are suing the federal government to halt a regulation that would force health insurers and employers to reveal the prices of services and drugs!

The healthcare industry claims it is in favor of price transparency, but in reality, the industry has fought hard any attempts to unlock the black box of prices. The regulation in question, finalized last November, requires plans and companies that are self-insured to make prices and out-of-pocket costs available for 500 items by Jan. 1, 2023. That…

DOJ joins lawsuits against Kaiser Permanente affiliates for submitting inaccurate diagnosis codes to the Medicare Advantage Program

Going after Kaiser Permanente, a company that many view as the gold standard for Medicare Advantage, indicates the problem may touch almost every corner of the industry. The lawsuit alleges Kaiser Permanente knowingly made its Medicare Advantage patients look sicker than they were, to obtain more money from the federal government. These allegations, which come…

Research demonstrates that healthcare industry consolidation drives up cost and does not improve the quality of care!

Insurers and employers are not able to negotiate lower prices with hospital systems or establish smaller networks they believe deliver greater value when 1 or 2 healthcare systems are the only ones that own nearly all clinics and medical practices. These mergers have raised cost by as much as 50%. A new executive order, that…