Tradeoffs

Forms and Phone Calls and Faxes, Oh My! Measuring Patients’ Admin Burden

Ishani Ganguli on new research showing administrative burdens can be as a big a barrier to patient care as high costs.

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Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle

America’s largest health insurance companies moonlight as obscure middlemen, managing billions in health care spending for many of the country’s biggest employers.

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‘Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle’ Transcript

‘Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle’ Transcript September 23, 2021 Listen in Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Podcasts Dan Gorenstein: America’s biggest health insurance companies have a side hustle most people have never heard of. Deep inside Fortune 500 companies, labor unions and state capitols, major insurers moonlight as middlemen. Audio montage…

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In Memoriam: Remembering David Jones

Sayeh Nikpay, Sarah Gollust and Dori Cross remember David Jones, a Boston University School of Public Health professor who died tragically on September 11, 2021.

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Which Comes First: Economic Decline or Hospital Closure?

Maria Polyakova looks at research showing that rural hospital closures may not have as dire economic impacts on their communities as often believed.

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Employers Grapple With Fear, Uncertainty and Vaccine Mandates

A preschool owner wrestles with whether to require vaccines, and a researcher shares tips on how to make a mandate work.

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Finally, A Randomized Trial of Mask Wearing

Paul Shafer on the results of a massive randomized trial of masks’ impact on the spread of COVID-19.

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The Next Big Challenge to Abortion Rights

A new Texas law and an upcoming Supreme Court case could drastically alter abortion access in America.

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Docs Don’t Want to Fight With Medicaid to Get Paid

Hannah Neprash on new research showing the impact of insurance claim denials on doctors’ willingness to see Medicaid patients.

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‘Schools Brace for Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Needs’ Transcript

‘Schools Brace For Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Needs’ Transcript September 2, 2021 Note: This transcript has been created with a combination of machine ears and human eyes. There may be small differences between this document and the audio version, which is one of many reasons we encourage you to listen to the episode! Listen in Apple Podcasts…

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