Jenny Gold covers the health care industry, overhaul and disparities for radio and print. Her stories for
KHN have aired on NPR and been printed in USA Today, the Washington Post, McClatchy and MSNBC.
She was previously a Kroc Fellow at NPR, where she covered health and business, and a broadcast
associate at the CBS Evening News. She is a graduate of Brown University. | Contact: JGold@kff.org | @JennyAGold
A new survey of emergency department administrators shows most believe the new health law will drive more patients to their facilities.
The new health law appears to threaten the future of many health insurance brokers, but they say the service they provide is worth the money.
One in six doctors works for a hospital, and the number is quickly growing. Both sides benefit: hospitals get a steady stream of patients and doctors say they can practice medicine without worrying about the hassles of running a private practice.
From medical device makers to pharmacists to labor unions, a host of organizations want to ensure that accountable care organizations expand their business and influence.
The Obama administration has touted ACOs as a key way that the new health law will help providers work more closely together to lower health costs and improve patient care. But doctors and hospitals are worried about inadvertently violating antitrust and anti-fraud laws. Insurers fear the new doctor-hospital entities could boost health care prices. Industry and government officials are meeting Tuesday to deal with the concerns.
President Obama and other boosters of health reform staged events this week aimed at shoring up lagging public support for the new law. Peter Hart says he doesn't expect a sea change in public opinion before the election.
Deals in Detroit and Boston may be the leading edge of a trend, hospital analysts say.
Kansas' Mark Parkinson is one of a number of governors who are urging Congress to extend the additional Medicaid funds that are now scheduled to expire in December. The governors say without the extra help, state budgets could be devastated.
When it comes to "social mission," traditionally high-ranked private medical schools are not as successful as public universities and historically black colleges.
Although some critics say marketing drives up costs, many in the hospital industry say it's crucial in the face of increasing competition. One Dallas area hospital is trying a version of "speed dating" to bring in patients and doctors.