Insurance Exchanges Are Useless at Controlling Costs

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 11:24 am

There is a zombie myth that if you make people buy health insurance on exchanges the magic of the marketplace will bring down costs. The problem is that this idea has never worked in reality. It didn’t work for Medicare Advantage’s private health insurance exchange, it didn’t work in the federal employee insurance exchange, and [...]

Surgical Checklists: Are Hospitals That Don’t Use Them Committing Malpractice?

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:15 am

Simple Checklists. NASA uses them, pilots use them, and now there is even more compelling evidence that every surgeon should use them. This is the major takeaway from study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (from Businessweek): Between 2007 and 2009, six hospitals in the Netherlands implemented a series of 11 checklists that [...]

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