Medicare Patients’ Access to Physicians: A Synthesis of the Evidence By Cristina Boccuti, Christina Swoope, Anthony Damico and Patricia Neuman Kaiser Family Foundation, December 10, 2013 Main findings: * On a national level, Medicare patients have good access to physicians. The vast majority (96%) of Medicare beneficiaries report having a usual source of care, primarily [...]
AIDS advocates say drug coverage in some marketplace plans is inadequate By Ariana Eunjung Cha The Washington Post, December 9, 2013 The nation’s new health-care law says insurers can’t turn anyone away, even people who are sick. But some companies, patient advocates say, have found a way to discourage the chronically ill from enrolling in [...]
S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013 Senator Bernie Sanders Introduced in the Senate, December 9, 2013 Summary of S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013 The American Health Security Act of 2013 (S. 1782) provides every American with affordable and comprehensive health care services through the establishment of a national [...]
Public Meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medpac) November 7, 2013 From the transcript: MR. [GLENN] HACKBARTH [CHAIR, MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION]: Okay. It is time to begin…. Our first topic today is synchronizing Medicare policy across the options that Medicare beneficiaries will face in the future….[Medpac staff] Julie [Lee] is going to lead [...]
Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S. By Valerie Bauman Puget Sound Business Journal, December 5, 2013 Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every [...]
10 Questions: Steven Nissen, MD By Todd Neale MedPage Today, December 5, 2013 What’s the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? That’s just the first of 10 questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. [...]
HSC’s 18th Annual Wall Street Comes to Washington Conference Center for Studying Health System Change, November 21, 2013 From the conference transcript: Paul Ginsburg (President, Center for Studying Health System Change): Let me move on to network innovations. And one thing that came up a little bit in our first session was narrow- or limited-network [...]
Nobody Should Get Rich Off Obamacare By Evan Soltas Bloomberg View, December 3, 2013 For an industry that’s supposed to be burdened by the launch of Obamacare, the health-care business is doing pretty well. Stocks of health-care companies are up almost 40 percent this year, the strongest performance of any sector in the S&P 500. [...]
Why It’s OK to Pay Bone-Marrow Donors By Sally Satel Bloomberg View, December 1, 2013 Locating a marrow donor is often a needle-in-a-haystack affair. The odds that two random individuals will have the same tissue type are less than 1 in 10,000, and the chances are much lower for blacks. Allowing compensation for donations could [...]
Doctors: New Health Care Plans Raise Red Flags By Louise Radnofsky The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013 Physicians groups told Obama administration officials Tuesday that they are worried that new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act offer only limited networks of providers and low reimbursement rates for doctors, and that could make it [...]
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