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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Pharma gets it, why don’t you? Cheap drugs are un-American!

Pharma gets it, why don’t you? Cheap drugs are un-American!

April 8, 2015 11:03 am by | 1 Comments

When Americans talk, pharmaceutical companies listen. And what they’ve heard is that initiatives to contain or regulate medical costs get labeled as “rationing,” a word with very un-American connotations. While politicians wring their hands,…


Why one online billing company’s win is an even bigger victory for healthcare

Why one online billing company’s win is an even bigger victory for healthcare

March 19, 2015 11:00 am by | 1 Comments

Back in the good old days patients’ out-of-pocket responsibility for healthcare costs was negligible. Remember the $5 office visit co-pay, just as an example? As a result hospitals and physician offices…



Yes, all hospital rankings are different. But you’re missing the bigger issue

Yes, all hospital rankings are different. But you’re missing the bigger issue

March 4, 2015 5:45 pm by | 1 Comments

I love the latest Health Affairs article showing about disagreement among hospital ratings. In case you missed it here are the key takeaways: Not a single hospital was rated as…


Pfizer bought Hospira because they want to go old school (like Lipitor old school)

Pfizer bought Hospira because they want to go old school (like Lipitor old school)

February 8, 2015 7:48 pm by | 2 Comments

Leading newspapers, including the Wall St. Journal and New York Times, misunderstand the strategy behind Pfizer’s proposed purchase of Hospira. Here’s what the Journal had to say: Pfizer Inc. said…


Whole Foods wants to go Whole Health. How will it look?

Whole Foods wants to go Whole Health. How will it look?

February 5, 2015 1:49 pm by | 1 Comments

Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey is nothing if not outspoken. Among other things he called Obama fascist. So it’s interesting that he seems to be maneuvering Whole Foods into the health…


Wake up! High-deductible health plans are the ultimate barriers to healthcare

Wake up! High-deductible health plans are the ultimate barriers to healthcare

January 18, 2015 12:11 pm by | 3 Comments

They used to call high deductible health plans “consumer-directed” plans. That was before people realized there is nothing particularly consumer driven about them. A recent poll –not the first of its…


The GOP’s latest attempt to weaken Obamacare is a swing and a miss

The GOP’s latest attempt to weaken Obamacare is a swing and a miss

January 9, 2015 10:42 am by | 0 Comments

The Cato Institute’s Michael F. Cannon is a foe of the Affordable Care Act, which means I disagree with him most of the time. But he’s right on the money…



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…