Interview on Health Business Blog with United Independent Party candidate is third in a series of nine podcasts with candidates for Governor of Massachusetts conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group
PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 2, 2014 – BOSTON — Candidate for Governor Evan Falchuk and his United Independent Party are trying to reach the majority of Massachusetts voters who are unenrolled in a political party. David E. Williams has published a podcast interview with Falchuk on the Health Business Blog: http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/02/evan-falchuk-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog
Williams’ interview with Falchuk, which is the third in a series that will feature each of Massachusetts’ nine gubernatorial candidates, covered a variety of important healthcare topics including: healthcare reform, cost containment, price disparities, health information technology, children’s health, Hepatitis C, and more. Some of Falchuk’s remarks are excerpted below.
On the hospital market:
— “We’re seeing a monopolistic market structure going on in Massachusetts, where you’ve got a small number of hospital systems that have control of 72% of the market.”
— “As we’re seeing now, with the planned acquisition by Partners of South Shore Hospital, there are some serious concerns about the extent to which that kind of market concentration causes the kind of increased prices that are driving healthcare costs in our state.”
On adoption of electronic medical records
— “”Why, in an industry that is as innovative as healthcare, have we seen slow adoption rates of electronic medical records? I suspect part of the answer is that hospitals are able to get away with being very inefficient in the way that they deliver service. They can just charge the insurance company or the government for their inefficiency.”
On the value of his experience running Best Doctors
— ““Best Doctors is a fascinating company that’s totally focused on making sure that each patient has the right diagnosis when they’re facing an illness. This issue of making sure you got the right diagnosis before you go ahead and start treating someone is hugely important. In public policy… it’s really the same type of thing. I think very often it’s easy to treat symptoms rather than disease and to miss the underlying causes in an effort to take quick action to move something forward.”
Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Mr. Falchuk and the other candidates provide detailed views on healthcare issues, which are so central to this state.”
A complete, no-cost podcast of the interview is available for immediate download from Williams’ award-winning Health Business Blog at http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/02/evan-falchuk-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog. A transcript is also available.
Interviews with Massachusetts’ eight other gubernatorial candidates will be uploaded to the blog over the next two weeks.
For more information or media inquiries, contact David E. Williams via the Health Business Group (http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com/contact) or via Twitter (@HealthBizBlog).
About the Health Business Blog:
The Health Business Blog is an award-winning weblog written by David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a healthcare business strategy consulting firm. The blog has published more than 3,500 posts and 100 podcast interviews since 2005. http://www.healthbusinessblog.com and @HealthBizBlog
About the Health Business Group:
Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting firm advising companies, non-profits and investors in healthcare services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of healthcare consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com