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The U.S. health care marketplace's continuing failure to adopt information technology (IT) is the result of economic problems unique to health care, business strategy problems typical of fragmented industries, and technology standardization problems common to infrastructure development in free-market economies. Given the information intensity of medicine,(More)
The preponderance of published medical literature and clinical guidelines compels the expansion of pharmaceutical use among Americans, at the same time that private and public health plans seek to restrict such use. The emerging collision course between the march of medical science and the countermarch of medical policy arises from diverging views about the(More)
Every issue raised by the current investigation into the business practices of Columbia/HCA serves as a signpost for the progress and problems inherent in market-driven health care reform. Actions against Columbia/HCA by regulators reveal deeply rooted resistance to the profit-motivated reforms embodied in the company's philosophy: the public's reluctance(More)
Hastily crafted provisions in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, intended to reform the government's flawed method for reimbursing providers who administer injectable drugs, will exacerbate existing economic and clinical problems instead of resolving them. The new provisions recast Medicare's traditional drug(More)