Monthly Archives: September 2011

Innovation: Risk Among the Algorithms

In a much-discussed recent article, “Why Software is Eating the World,” Netscape co-founder Marc Andreesen says we’re in the midst of “a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.” Andreesen sees health care as ripe for software-generated disruption — a point… Read More »

Coverage Policy Provocateurs

Anyone curious about potential future directions in Medicare coverage policy, or simply looking for a detail-packed treatment of this complex subject, can check out the topic via a newly posted Urban Institute report, which includes as authors former CMS coverage policy officials Sean Tunis (pictured below) and Steve Phurrough. The report rattles around the known… Read More »

OIG Report is One “Mole” Some Stakeholders May Want to Whack

As the Congressional “Super Committee” moves forward with debt/deficit-reduction efforts over the next three and a half months (the panel holds its first meeting today), look for health groups to reach deep into their playbooks, deploying studies, PR, advertising, grass roots campaigns, and similar exotic tactics to make their case against Medicare and other policy… Read More »