David E. Williams

David E. Williams

David E. Williams is the co-founder of MedPharma Partners who writes regularly on the Health Business Blog.

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Would you get lower medical bills if health insurance didn’t exist?

Would you get lower medical bills if health insurance didn’t exist?

September 24, 2014 12:24 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Richard Amerling, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, writing from New York, had this to say in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: A patient recently asked, “What would…


Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

April 18, 2014 1:26 pm by | 2 Comments

Doctor ratings and reviews have gotten a bad name, especially from doctors. There are concerns about their validity and usefulness. And while I share these worries I also believe ratings and…



Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

April 17, 2014 5:46 pm by | 1 Comments

All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period…


Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 15, 2014 8:01 am by | 1 Comments

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor…


Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

April 11, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

In ‘Fail first’ fails patients in the Boston Sunday Globe, a patient with depression decries his health plan’s use of “step therapy,” which requires members to try less expensive drugs before…


Give Boomer Esiason a break on early birth comments

Give Boomer Esiason a break on early birth comments

April 4, 2014 3:41 pm by | 0 Comments

Retired football star and current radio host Boomer Esiason has opened the floodgates of righteous indignation by suggesting that the Mets second baseman should have encouraged his wife to have a…


Interviews with Castlight Health leading up to its initial public offering

Interviews with Castlight Health leading up to its initial public offering

March 14, 2014 1:42 pm by | 0 Comments

Castlight Health has had a very successful initial public offering today and so a lot of people will be hearing about the company for the first time. If you want…



eResponder Personal Emergency Response System (PERS): it doesn’t get much simpler than this

eResponder Personal Emergency Response System (PERS): it doesn’t get much simpler than this

March 14, 2014 7:33 am by | 0 Comments

eResponder, cellular based Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Typical Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) work well around the house. They communicate reliably with a base station that’s connected to a…


15 minutes could save you … nothing in medical bills

15 minutes could save you … nothing in medical bills

March 4, 2014 2:25 pm by | 0 Comments

Two medical bills arrived in the mail over the weekend. One requested $525 for a specialist office visit, another $250 for a routine colonoscopy at a hospital. Since I don’t…


4 companies that caught the attention of this HIMSS 2014 attendee

4 companies that caught the attention of this HIMSS 2014 attendee

February 25, 2014 12:41 pm by | 2 Comments

The exhibit hall at the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 conference is pretty humungous. Even with tens of thousands of people milling around there’s still plenty of…


How 23andMe got in trouble

How 23andMe got in trouble

February 10, 2014 8:59 am by | 2 Comments

Open sesame? Lukas Hartmann shares a great, detailed story (My deadly genetic disease was just a bug) of what happens when a self-described nerd is “confronted with a life threatening…


Legacy videos by the terminally ill: What does the future hold?

Legacy videos by the terminally ill: What does the future hold?

February 6, 2014 7:39 am by | 0 Comments

What’s over the horizon? It’s been common practice for decades –and probably longer– for terminally ill parents to write letters to their children. The idea is for parents to be…


Cut-rate concierge medicine? One Medical resorts to discounting

Cut-rate concierge medicine? One Medical resorts to discounting

January 30, 2014 7:48 am by | 4 Comments

Good stuff, cheap I have mixed views about concierge medicine. On the one hand I like the idea of higher service levels for patients and the ability for doctors to…


When using a free healthcare website, consider the business model

When using a free healthcare website, consider the business model

January 28, 2014 9:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Is a free lunch worth the price? When Google first came along I assumed that their business plan was to get users addicted to search and then start charging for…


Ways to improve the Hospital Compare website

Ways to improve the Hospital Compare website

January 17, 2014 5:18 pm by | 0 Comments

HealthLeaders’ Cheryl Clark has done a commendable job in identifying 12 changes she’d like to see on Hospital Compare, the quality reporting website run by the Centers for Medicare and…