Addressing racial disparities in health care delivery (Part 2)

With COVID-19 cases still high and the Biden-Harris administration newly in place, it has never been more important to acknowledge and address racial disparities that are being exacerbated by the pandemic. In a series of blogs and interviews, Kaiser Permanente…

Addressing racial disparities in health care delivery (Part 1)

As the pandemic surges and the nation prepares for a new administration, it has never been more important to acknowledge and address racial disparities that are being exacerbated by COVID-19. In a series of blogs and interviews, Kaiser Permanente leaders…

Drug policy 101: Drug patents

As drug prices continue rising unsustainably in the United States, patients and payers need to understand — and policy makers need to address — how pharmaceutical companies use patents to maintain monopolies and pricing power. Patents serve as important catalysts…

Samantha-Dupont

How to save the patent system in 3 easy steps

Patents are in the news as Congress considers legislation to address patent abuses and anticompetitive behavior by the pharmaceutical industry. If you’re tuning into these issues for the first time (or even the second or third) you’ll notice that there…

Joy-Lewis

Five lessons for leaders to improve community health

Conference season is upon us, and this year we welcomed a new kid on the block: the “National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health,” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…

Samantha-Dupont

Six burning questions healthcare leaders have about ACOs

If you ask healthcare leaders what they think about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), you won’t be short on answers.  From high hopes to cautious optimism to worry and skepticism, the full gamut of feelings is there. The amount of buzz…