Linda Leckman

Linda Leckman

Linda Leckman, MD, is the chief executive officer of Intermountain Medical Group.

Archive: Linda Leckman

It's time to do it right

It is time to convene a true Conference Committee of the two legislative bodies to function as they should on any legislation to produce a single bill for consideration.

By Linda Leckman | January 20, 2010; 07:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

A lot has happened, still more to be done

Expanding the current system to a larger number of people may not be best.

By Linda Leckman | January 6, 2010; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

It was a bad idea

This is obviously the most expensive segment of the population (not already covered by Medicare) to insure, so insurance for this distinct group would have very high costs. This would shift a significant burden to the federal government.

By Linda Leckman | December 16, 2009; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Yes, and probably not

The magnitude of the changes in our current health-care system necessary to "get it right" warrants thorough, informed and thoughtful analysis and debate. The federal legislature is the worst place for that to happen.

By Linda Leckman | November 16, 2009; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Controlling care delivery is key

A major focus of the Senate's current health care reform bill, America's Healthy Future Act of 2009, is providing health care coverage to more people -- and the bill does a fine job of outlining steps to accomplish that goal....

By Linda Leckman | October 29, 2009; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Needs Some Work

Sen. Baucus' proposal to impose a tax on high-end insurance plans is not too far from Obama's proposal early in the health-care reform discussion to tax the wealthiest income earners. I did not support that original idea and I am not very excited by the current proposal, either, but for different reasons.

By Linda Leckman | September 23, 2009; 05:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

President's Speech Missing Some Details

To focus the debate, Obama needed to deliver a speech that answered the distractions raised by his opponents. He did that. He also needed to define what he was proposing as the solution to our health care problems. He also did that fairly well. Except for those pesky details.

By Linda Leckman | September 10, 2009; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keep It Simple and Write It Down

The president needs to keep his message simple. Boil it down to three or four points maximum. The message should remind people of the basic need for reform: if we do nothing, health-care costs will increase an average of 10 percent a year.

By Linda Leckman | August 25, 2009; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Co-Ops Could Work As an Option

Co-ops provide two significant advantages: they would distance the government from the financial operations of the organization and, at a projected financial outlay of $6 billion, the start-up costs are significantly lower than the trillions projected for a public health plan.

By Linda Leckman | August 19, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Get Results Through Legislation, Not a Public Plan

Instead of implementing a new insurance plan, the government can reach its desired results by introducing appropriate legislation that guides insurance coverage to more people in more cost-effective ways.

By Linda Leckman | August 4, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (5)

Don't Sacrifice Affordability, Quality for Deadline

Pushing a package to vote before August ignores a much larger and important question: How do we improve the way care is delivered so that we can deliver it in more affordable ways?

By Linda Leckman | July 28, 2009; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Taxing Isn't the Answer

Looking for more revenue to feed the current system is like trying to lose weight by eating more. It does not work that way. Instead we need to keep our focus on improving the system and identifying ways to reduce health-care spending.

By Linda Leckman | July 14, 2009; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Preventive Care Will Save Money

By requiring everyone to have health insurance, we share the cost among those who are insured and minimize insurance premium increases. And because individuals will have the needed insurance coverage, they can get the appropriate care at the appropriate time thus reducing the added expense of acute conditions or inadequately managed chronic conditions.

By Linda Leckman | July 7, 2009; 01:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Benefits of Multi-Specialty Groups

A number of multi-specialty medical groups across the country have implemented electronic medical records, care guidelines, care managers and mental health integration among other innovations.

By Linda Leckman | June 29, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

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