Retail Health Clinic Summit: Can we get there from here?

At one of the pre-summit workshops yesterday, Tom Charland (ex-MinuteClinic exec and now consultant) channeled Clay Christensen (Mr. Disruptive Innovation) for a while and laid it on the line: unless retail clinics find a way to beef up off-season volume for at least 5-6 years, they may be dead in the water.  In that time, […]

Grand Rounds is up at See First; next week's edition right here at HealthBlawg

This week's edition of Grand Rounds is up at Evan Falchuk's See First.  Welcome to the party, Evan.  Next week's "June Is Busting Out All Over" edition will be right here at HealthBlawg.  Please write your post's URL on the back of a twenty-dollar bill and mail it to the address on my home page […]

FY 2010 IPPS: Federales sucker punch the hospital industry

CMS published the FY 2010 IPPS (hospital inpatient prospective payment system) rule and rates on Friday May 22.  I'll offer just some highlights of the 608-page monstrosity here, focusing on the short-term acute care portion; the long term acute care hospital (LTACH) rates are in here, too. First and foremost: Acute care hospitals will enjoy […]

Baucus and health care reform primer

Here's your reading assignment: Today, the Senate Finance Committee released the third of three health care reform "description of policy options" papers.  The papers are available on the committee's web site: Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Proposals to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Health Care CostsExpanding Health Care Coverage: Proposals to Provide Affordable Coverage […]