Health Wonk Review for January 16, 2014

The Half Glass Edition

David Williams, over at Health Business Blog, has pulled together the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, aptly titled the “Half Glass Edition.”

Williams has broken this week’s posts into “optimistic and pessimistic” categories. He starts with the glass-half-empty posts (and I must say it’s a relief to see only four).

There’s one post about the high risks that temp workers face, another on the down side of electronic health records (EHRs), a NOT rose-colored-glasses view of ACA’s catastrophic plans, and then, I guess you’d call it an obituary for a blog.

Sigh.

But wait, John Goodman is optimistic – with ideas for improving insurance; Brad Wright “notes that Chicken Little hasn’t come home to roost, even if there have been problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act”; and Managed Care Matters says there are tools in place to prevent an Obamacare death spiral.

(Whew!) Louise Norris tries to calm down the folks who will find Cedars-Sinai is no longer in their network; and HealthAGEnda says, yes we can do a better job of treating to “targets of care.”

And some really good news: Obamacare ‘horror stories’ are being debunked everywhere – and Maggie Mahar’s two recent posts at healthinsurance.org are hard-hitting. (They’ve drawn high-profile kudos – and even a “mea culpa” from the newspaper that drew Maggie’s criticism.

(It should come as no surprise that we agree the glass is definitely half full.)

Next up: Health Wonk Review returns on January 30, hosted by Brad Wright at Wright on Health.

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