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Top Healthcare Stories for 2016: Pay-for-Performance

by Courtney Baird March 08, 2016

On February 16 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released their first set of clinical quality measures as part of their...

How To Close the Skills Gap

by Steve Odland March 03, 2016

Nearly seven years after the Great Recession, the U.S. skills gap remains a dark cloud hanging over the nation's economic recovery. More than half of employers report...

Productivity Crucial to U.S. Economy

by Martin Neil Baily February 23, 2016

Last Thursday the OECD downgraded its U.S. growth forecast from 2.5% to 2.0% for 2016. What's behind this dismal projection? Among several factors, weak productivity growth.Productivity, which is the...

Top Healthcare Stories for 2016: Insurance Mergers

by COURTNEY BAIRD February 16, 2016

To continue my series about the healthcare stories that are most likely to heat up in 2016, today I turn to the impending mergers of four major health insurance companies: Aetna...

Top Healthcare Stories for 2016: Drug Prices

by COURTNEY BAIRD January 26, 2016

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and New York Times found that 20 percent of working-age Americans, who have health insurance, reported having problems paying their medical bills over...

Who is the “Middle Class?”

by JOE MINARIK January 20, 2016

The state of America’s middle class – together with its first cousin, the inequality issue – is all the rage of late.  Everybody has an opinion. ...

Only You Can Fix American Democracy

by ALICE RIVLIN January 19, 2016

IU Winter Commencement: "Only you can fix American democracy" December 21, 2015Editor's Note:Alice M. Rivlin gave a commencement speech before the graduating class at Indiana University. She urged the...