Politics: Harder Than it Looks

Politics: Harder Than it Looks

Now that we’re deep in a fractious electoral season, it’s tempting to descend into rank political speculation about health care issues. So let’s get started. Actually, let’s add a modicum of caution about rushing to precise health policy judgments in the heat of political campaigns. For there’s a tendency to report breathlessly on perceived policy …

Trees Falling in a Digital Forest

Trees Falling in a Digital Forest

Hombre readers know health policy is nothing if not unrelenting substance, each day a new encounter with deep thinking on ACOs, risk corridors, annual update factors, and similar weighty matters. It’s also an accepted fact that modes of communication have undergone dramatic change. But how, if at all, do the two relate? That is, might …

Innovation: Risk Among the Algorithms

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 …

Coverage Policy Provocateurs

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 …

The Studies of August

The Studies of August

At the very time we’re tempted to sneak a snooze in the hammock a last time or two, we’ve been jarred from our late-August stupor by a traffic jam of reports emanating from a variety of government bodies. Oblivious to the rites of season, studies like these cycle through the landscape on their own unrelenting …