Health providers likely to experience slower economic recovery as recession bottoms out

Some hospitals’ margins improved in the first quarter of 2009 according to data from Thomson Reuters. However, Fitch and Moody’s, the credit ratings agencies, expect continued declines through 2009.Thomson Reuters does report that while total margin improved for all types of hospitals, there was a wide variation in Q1 of 2009. Compare the top quartile, […]

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Health reform and the Great Recession: an RWJF conversation with stakeholders

Health care in the U.S. is directly shaped, financed and delivered in the context of the national economy. The recession in America impacts health care in many ways that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently explored in an off-the-record meeting in June 2009 including representatives from health care, the public sector, business, insurance, policy […]

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People without a connection to a primary care doctor don’t proactively manage health

The relationship between patients and their physicians is a key driver in how and if people proactively manage their health. But cost often gets in the way of that relationship between a patient-consumer and a primary care doctor. The #1 reason why Americans deter proactive health care is cost. No American, whether insured and unemployed […]

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Living well, the best revenge: the 4 keys to avoiding chronic disease

The four ‘health don’ts’ are never to smoke, lose weight, move around, and eat well.A new study, Healthy Living is the Best Revenge, appears in the August 10/24 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine which addresses the roots of chronic disease. The researchers, a cross-Atlantic team from the CDC and the German Institute […]

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Health reform poll fever; and a cure from Blendon and Benson

If you read Health Populi then you’re as confounded as I am by the plethora of polls on Americans’ views on health reform. In the past month, I have received a press release (or two or three) from Rasmussen, ABC-Washington Post, CBS-NY Times, Fox News, Gallup-USA Today, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, NBC-Wall […]

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