When Health Costs Harm Your Credit By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, March 8, 2014 Mounting evidence shows that chaos in medical billing is not just affecting our health care but dinging the financial reputation of many Americans: While the bills themselves frequently take months to sort out, medical debts can be reported rapidly […]
HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Final Rule Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), March 11, 2014 SUMMARY: This final rule sets forth payment parameters and oversight provisions related to the risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors […]
Survey for the National Business Group on Health Towers Watson, March 6, 2014 The cost of providing employer-sponsored health care benefits is expected to increase 4.4% this year, a slight uptick from last year, when cost increases fell to a 15-year low, according to an annual survey by global professional services company Towers Watson and […]
Associations between palliative chemotherapy and adult cancer patients’ end of life care and place of death: prospective cohort study By Alexi A Wright, Baohui Zhang, Nancy L Keating, Jane C Weeks, Holly G Prigerson BMJ, March 4, 2014 Conclusions The use of chemotherapy in terminally ill cancer patients in the last months of life was […]
The Calculus of Cures By Robert Kocher, M.D., and Bryan Roberts, Ph.D. The New England Journal of Medicine, February 26, 2014 Bringing a drug from bench to bedside is a risky and expensive proposition. The development of a new drug is estimated to cost many hundreds of millions of dollars; as a result, decisions about […]
New Law’s Demands on Doctors Have Many Seeking a Network By Abby Goodnough The New York Times, March 2, 2014 Dr. Sven Jonsson, a primary care physician in this rural community, is seeing a steady tide of new patients under President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act. And so far, it is working […]
Inpatient Hospital Prices Drive Spending Variation for Episodes of Care for Privately Insured Patients By Chapin White, James D. Reschovsky, Amelia M. Bond National Institute for Health Care Reform, February 2014 When including all care related to a hospitalization — for example, a knee or hip replacement — the price of the initial inpatient stay […]
Connected health and the rise of the patient-consumer: How to achieve better care at a lower cost? By William Frist Health Affairs, February 2014 America’s health care delivery sector stands at a tipping point—a convergence of a growing, graying, and highly consumptive population with increasingly limited financial and human capital resources. Policy makers naturally gravitate […]
Association Between Participation in a Multipayer Medical Home Intervention and Changes in Quality, Utilization, and Costs of Care By Mark W. Friedberg, MD, MPP; Eric C. Schneider, MD, MSc; Meredith B. Rosenthal, PhD; Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD; Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD JAMA, February 26, 2014 Abstract Importance: Interventions to transform primary care practices […]
Medicare Data Show Wide Differences In ACOs’ Patient Care By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News, February 21, 2014 Networks of doctors and hospitals set up under the Affordable Care Act to improve patients’ health and save money for Medicare are having varying rates of success in addressing their patients’ diabetes and heart disease, according to […]
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