Category: Press Releases

Joe Avellone (D), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with Joe Avellone, surgeon and healthcare industry executive is seventh 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

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 9, 2014 – BOSTON — Massachusetts residents heading to the polls to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can now visit the Health Business Blog athttps://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/09/joe-avellone-can… to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone.

Williams’ interview with Avellone, which is the seventh 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 Avellone’s remarks are excerpted below.

On mandated nurse staffing ratios:

— “I agree with the idea of the staffing ratios that are inherent in the ballot initiative. The way to save money in our healthcare systems is not to jeopardize the safety of patients and hospitals by understaffed wards. It’s really to take the inefficiency out of the delivery system itself and coordinate the care more.”

On the Massachusetts healthcare reform law:

— “The Health Policy Commission could have a more active role in ascertaining appropriate levels of care in these larger systems. They should continue to take on a vigorous role in taking a hard look at the cost impact of mergers as they occur in our systems over time.”

On the rationalization of state agencies:

— “What I see are disconnects between our mental health system and our substance abuse capabilities of the state, which are in the public health department. Public health itself is pretty much divorced from health and human services. We ought to address that from an organizational standpoint.”

On electronic medical records:

— “Despite the frustrations of implementing electronic medical records, they have a huge impact on both quality and cost of healthcare overall. Electronic medical records create the means by which doctors can operate and collaborate in teams, in which better planning for after-discharge of the hospital can be done.  It’s absolutely important for the future.”

On Hepatitis C:

— “In my administration I’m going to propose widespread access to testing, perhaps even anonymous testing, like  was done in HIV to encourage people to get tested. We definitely need to have more widespread public education about this disease and more identified places for treatment.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Dr. Avellone 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 

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 (https://www.healthbusinessgroup.com/contact) or via Twitter (@HealthBizBlog).

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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 health care business strategy consulting firm. The blog has published more than 3,500 posts and 100 podcast interviews since 2005. https://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 health care services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of health care consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

Martha Coakley (D), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with Attorney General Martha Coakley is sixth 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 6, 2014 – BOSTON — Massachusetts residents heading to the polls to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can now visit the Health Business Blog athttp://www.healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/06/martha-coakl… to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General, Martha Coakley.

Williams’ interview with Coakley, which is the sixth 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 Coakley’s remarks are excerpted below.

On the Massachusetts healthcare reform law:

— ““This statute is the right way to go for now… It gives us the tools in the short run we need, but also gives us the flexibility that if we need to change it later… that is built into this legislation.”

On hospital price disparities:

— “We developed the concept of total medical expenses and metrics to measure the value of what hospitals are doing, particularly in areas that you can measure… We needed to look at whether they were being reimbursed in a fair way for the total medical expenses involved in that service.”

On children’s health:

— “We can save money down the road if we focus on pediatric issues and make sure that we provide kids good healthcare when they’re sick and good prevention to help them be healthy adults.”

On mental health:

— “In 2014, Massachusetts, with our great doctors, with our advances in biopharmaceuticals should be able to both reduce that stigma and make sure people have access to care. Both for kids and for adults, getting help for a mental or behavioral illness should be no different than getting help for diabetes.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Ms. Coakley 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://www.healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/06/martha-coakl…

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).

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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 health care 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 health care services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of health care consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

 

Don Berwick (D), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare Policy with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with Don Berwick, former head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is fifth 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

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 5, 2014 – BOSTON — Dr. Don Berwick left the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to run the federal Medicare program. Now he’s back in Massachusetts, running for Governor. Berwick spoke recently with David E. Williams of the Health Business Blog. The interview has been posted at http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/05/don-berwick-cand…

Williams’ interview with Berwick, which is the fifth 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 Berwick’s remarks are excerpted below.

On healthcare reform:

— “I’m the only gubernatorial candidate who has put single-payer as a potential option for the state on the table.  I would like to see us move very swiftly to understand whether and how we could move into a single-payer environment.”

— “The state should pursue what, in my former role, I used to call the Triple Aim: better care, better health, and lower cost through improvements.”

On access to expensive medications for Hepatitis C:

— “I abhor the concept of rationing.  I think there’s no way we should be withholding any effective treatments from patients.”

— “We have to recover money from ineffective care, wasteful care, and harmful care.  We need to work very hard to make sure that we have the resources liberated from health care waste, so we can rededicate them to things like proper Hepatitis C care.”

On the relevance of his experience at CMS:

— “I loved running CMS. It’s the largest agency by budget in the federal government at $800 billion.  It’s 5,500 employees.”

— “We will work very hard on excellence and quality in operations of the state government, from top to bottom, end-to-end, and I will personally invest in that as I did in leading CMS.  What I learned there is that it works in government just as it does in the private sector, if you’ve got a leader that understands that.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Dr. Berwick 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/2014/03/05/don-berwick-cand…  . 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).

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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 health care 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 health care services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of health care consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

Jeff McCormick (I), Massachusetts Candidate for Governor, Discusses Healthcare Policy with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with venture capitalist and independent candidate McCormick is fourth 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

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 4, 2014 – BOSTON — Massachusetts residents heading to the polls this November to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can visit the Health Business Blog athttp://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/03/04/jeff-mccormick-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog/ to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with independent gubernatorial candidate and venture capitalist Jeff McCormick.

Williams’ interview with McCormick, which is the fourth 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 McCormick’s remarks are excerpted below.

On the Massachusetts health care cost containment law:

— “Healthcare is a curious industry in that often patients have no idea what they’re paying for services, and sometimes the providers don’t either. [This law] changes that dynamic somewhat; more information is always a good thing when it comes to consumers making choices.”

On the state’s role in addressing the wide variation in hospital prices:

— “The state can play a part, but prices need to be available to the consumer, and consumers need to shop around and act like consumers. We have to figure out ways to align the interests of patients and providers.”

— “When you’re asking if the state should take a step and truly manage the rates, market forces usually do a pretty efficient job once we break down some of these other barriers.

On the ballot question mandating nurse staffing ratios:

— “We need to be very careful that we don’t get in the business of legislating the internal management practices or contracts between hospitals and their nurses. The nurses need to be at the table.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Mr. McCormick 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/2014/03/04/jeff-mccormick-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).

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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 health care 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 health care services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of health care consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

 

Evan Falchuk (I), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare Policy with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

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).

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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

 

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