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Heavyweights Propose Top Health Care Cost-Saving Strategies

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Frankly, I’d prefer crashing a dinner party with these guys to reading their insightful, timely (but, let’s face it, a little dry) paper in the August 1 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine titled “A Systematic Approach To Containing Health Care Spending.”

Still, the piece by these health policy luminaries (including Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Stuart Altman, Ph.D., Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., David Cutler, Ph.D., Tom Daschle, B.A., Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H., John D. Podesta, J.D., Uwe Reinhardt, Ph.D., Meredith Rosenthal, Ph.D., Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., and Peter R. Orszag, Ph.D., among others) is worth reading, as it lays out numerous smart strategies for cost-saving and quality improvement as part of the medical journal’s election 2012 coverage. The piece also comes, coincidentally, as Massachusetts approves its own first-in-the-nation health cost savings plan, with many similar strategies. Continue reading

Menino Bans Sweetened Beverages On City Land, And At Meetings

By executive order: No more Cokes

Declaring city property a no-sugary-beverage zone, Boston Mayor Tom Menino said that certain sweetened drinks, such as soda and sugar-enhanced juice, contribute to rising obesity rates and health costs and should be phased out in the next six months, reports The Boston Globe.

The [executive] order applies to cafeterias, vending machines, concession stands, and beverages served at meetings, the mayor’s office said.

The drinks that will be banned include: non-diet sodas, pre-sweetened ice teas, refrigerated coffee drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks with added sugar, and sports drinks. The order will allow the sale of diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100 percent juices, low-calorie sports drinks, low-sugar sweetened beverages, sweetened soy milk, and flavored sweetened milk. It will also allow the sale of such items as bottled water, and flavored and unflavored seltzer water.