Jay Hancock appears in the following:
Friday, April 29, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
The Baltimore health system put Robert Peace back together after a car crash shattered his pelvis. Then it nearly killed him, he says.
A painful bone infection that developed after surgery and a lack of follow-up care landed him in the operating room five more times, kept him homebound for ...
Sunday, October 04, 2015
If your company hasn't launched a wellness program, this might be the year.
As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Why did hospitals binge-buy doctor practices in recent years?
To improve the coordination of care, lower costs and upgrade patient experiences, say hospitals. To raise costs, gain pricing power and steer patient referrals, say skeptics.
Researchers at Stanford University tested those opposing arguments by comparing referral patterns between independent doctors ...
Monday, July 27, 2015
A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.
The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many ...
Monday, June 29, 2015
The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.
The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers ...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.
The 6-3 ruling stopped a challenge that would have eliminated subsidies in at ...
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Marlene Allen thought she had decent medical coverage after she fell in December and broke her wrist. She had come in from walking the dogs. It was wet. The fracture needed surgery and screws and a plate.
Weeks later, she learned her job-based health plan would cover nothing. Not the ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In the late 1990s you could have taken what hospitals charged to administer inpatient chemotherapy and bought a Ford Escort econobox. Today, average charges for chemo, not even counting the price of the anti-cancer drugs, are enough to pay for a Lexus GX sport-utility vehicle.
Hospital prices have risen nearly ...
Thursday, April 30, 2015
To understand how the health law is supposed to fix the mediocre, overpriced, absurd medical system, you could read wonky research papers on bundled payments and accountable care organizations.
Or you could look at what's going on at Baptist Health System in San Antonio.
Under the potent lure of ...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn't pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You're a foot soldier who's been drafted in the war against high health costs.
Companies that switch workers into high-deductible plans can reap enormous savings, consultants will tell you — and ...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy's and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say.
But an online tool that went live Wednesday is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country ...
Monday, February 23, 2015
The Obama administration has blocked health plans without hospital benefits that many large employers argued fulfilled their obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
Companies with millions of workers, mainly in lower-wage industries such as staffing, retailing, restaurants and hotels that hadn't offered health coverage previously, had been flocking toward such ...
Friday, January 30, 2015
Medical homes are a simple, compelling idea: Give primary-care doctors resources to reduce preventable medical crises for diabetics, asthmatics and others with chronic illness, and it will reduce hospital visits, improve lives and save money.
But it's not so easy in practice.
Two big experiments run by the Center ...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law's $10 billion innovation lab wouldn't always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.
Only a small minority of community groups getting federal reimbursement to reduce expensive hospital readmissions produced significant results compared with ...
Monday, December 15, 2014
For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Subsidies under the health law for workers to buy their own coverage combined ...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.
Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a ...