Monthly Archives: October 2015

No COLA and Hold Harmless


  The big retirement news this past month?  In 2016, Medicare Part B premiums are set to increase by 52%, and there will not be a Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The COLA decision should come as no surprise. For the third time in the past seven years seniors will have to make ends [...]

Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing


This past week, I was invited to participate in the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s Annual Health Care Cost Trends hearing. It is no secret that rising health care is a hot topic.  From personal, local, and state budgets to the national economy, paying for quality health care has emerged as one of the biggest conundrums [...]

I Like Transparency, Don’t You?


Transparency: the ability to transmit light through a substance so that bodies situated behind it can be seen. Or, in relation to health care, the practice of transmitting or disclosing all fees associated with a medical procedure. Is providing the cost of services truly that difficult in the medical field? Let’s ponder this for a [...]