Articles by: Geisel Communications

3 North Texas Hospitals Inflate Bills of the Uninsured, National Study Finds

Dallas Morning News – Quotes Jonathan Skinner, professor of community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, and professor of economics at Dartmouth, on a recent study that revealed it is common practice at Texas General and two other for-profit medical centers in North Texas to charge patients upward of nine times the cost of care. While insurance companies and federal health care programs arrange lower prices with hospitals, the uninsured don’t have the same negotiating power and are often left with hefty bills.

Pioneer ACOs: Anatomy Of A ‘Victory’

Health Affairs Blog – References a policy objective for ACOs proposed in Health Affairs in 2007 by Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and professor of medicine, and community and family medicine, and colleagues from Dartmouth. The policy objective focused on reducing variation in Medicare shared savings rather than containing costs.

Dartmouth Gets Grant to Lead Study on Hospitals

Valley News – Dartmouth will receive $17.5 million over five years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study how well, and how quickly, hospitals learn from their successes. Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, will lead the work of nine researchers from Geisel joined by others from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ticks Are Now Widespread in Vermont, and Half Carry Lyme

VPR – Quotes Jeffrey Parsonnet, professor of medicine, on the high incidence of Lyme disease in ticks found in Vermont. “It has to do with environment and exposure to ticks,” says Parsonnet. “There’s not a lot of Lyme disease in Manhattan. But when people are living in rural areas, as we are, and as the tick and the infected ticks become more prevalent, that’s a setup for a high incidence of Lyme.”

Balancing Goals in The MSSP: Consider Variable Savings Rates

Health Affairs Blog – A blog post written by Carrie Colla, assistant professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel; Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel; Scott Heiser, policy analyst; and Emily Tierny, health policy fellow. In the post, they examine the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ recent changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and accountable care organization’s (ACO) concerns about how the financial targets, which determine whether an ACO is successful at saving or guilty of overspending, are determined under the new requirements.