Healthcare articles

Here is a selection of my articles on healthcare issues that appeared in Mainebiz over the past four years.

“Tort reform savings challenged” An article on a 2010 report from the Muskie School of Public Service that found a reduction in medical malpractice premiums would have a significantly lower impact on healthcare costs than previously believed.

“Record reform” An article about a $12.5 million federal grant for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and other Bangor-area healthcare companies to help speed adoption of electronic medical records and connect them with HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide health information exchange.

“Trend or epidemic?” An article I wrote in 2006 about the increasing number of physicians leaving private practice to join the staffs at hospitals and large medical groups and what effect that might have on patient healthcare.

“Healthy outlook” A profile of Kris Doody, CEO of Cary Medical Center in Caribou, for Mainebiz‘s 2009 Women to Watch issue.

“Shakeup stirs Down East hospitals” A daily news article for Mainebiz‘s daily e-newsletter about Down East Community Hospital in Machias going into receivership under Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

“Hospital review” A Q&A with Steve Michaud, president of the Maine Hospital Association, that covered a broad range of healthcare issues, such as the $600 million that (at the time) state and federal government owed Maine hospitals in unpaid Medicaid reimbursements, how Maine hospitals handled escalating costs, and how free market theories work in the healthcare industry.

“Book smart” An article about the Literature & Medicine program, run by the Maine Humanities Council, which aims to improve patient healthcare by exposing physicians and direct care providers to literature that presents a patient’s view of the relationship between doctors and patients.

“Uneasy alliance” An article about the controversy that emerged when it was learned the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford was in talks with Maine Medical Center in Portland to partner on a new medical school program.

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