Joanne Conroy, MD

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Payment Methodologies


Pay-for-Performance Programs Ignore True Human Motivators

I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the radio. After a trip that flew by while I laughed to Tina Fey’s Bossypants (worthy of a future post if I can figure out to link it to health care), I tried another ...

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Data Alone Does Not Make Health Care Pricing Meaningful

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new data on May 8, showing significant variation in what hospitals charge for inpatient services. The release is part of a health care transparency initiative designed to help patients compare charges for common procedures. Increasing transparency is an important step toward effective health care reform, ...

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The Medicare Maze: Observation Stays, Nursing Home Costs, and “Invisible Patients”

We have all been traveling and have found ourselves party to a conversation because of proximity or bad cell phone etiquette. Some of these conversations are irritating, but I was looped into an interesting one the other day. Sitting in the Charlotte airport, two older men who looked like they were returning from a golf vacation started talking about enrolling in ...

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