Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? By Atul Gawande The New Yorker, May 11, 2015 Could pointless medical care really be that widespread? Six years ago, I wrote an article for this magazine, titled “The Cost Conundrum,” which explored the problem of […]
Overutilization, Overutilized By Deborah Levine and Jessica Mulligan Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, April 2015 Abstract Overutilization is commonly blamed for escalating costs, compromising quality, and limiting access to the US health care system. Recent estimates suggest that nearly one-third of health care spending in the United States is a result of unnecessary […]
The Problem of Underinsurance and How Rising Deductibles Will Make It Worse By Sara R. Collins, Petra W. Rasmussen, Sophie Beutel, Michelle M. Doty The Commonwealth Fund, May 20, 2015 Abstract New estimates from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that 23 percent of 19-to-64-year-old adults who were insured all year — […]
Health Plans Poised to Ask for Higher Premiums for 2016, Blue Cross Executive Warns By Sara Hansard Bloomberg BNA, Health Care Blog, May 14, 2015 Look for health plans to request higher rates for 2016, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) executive warned May 13. Costs for health plans in 2014 were higher […]
Money matters: Billing and payment for a New Health Economy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Health Research Institute, May 2015 At a glance The nation’s healthcare billing and payment system is an artifact of an earlier age. Much can be done to improve the system in the short term, but in the long term, structural change is needed […]
2015 Employer-Sponsored Health Care: ACA’s Impact International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans On March 26, 2015, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans deployed its sixth survey in a series on how single employer plans are being affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From the Key Findings: Health Insurance Exchanges Ninety-four percent of all […]
Non-Group Health Insurance: Many Insured Americans with High Out-of-Pocket Costs Forgo Needed Health Care Families USA, May 2015 Our study examined adults who bought private health insurance in the non-group market in 2014 Just over one-quarter (25.2 percent) of adults who were insured for a full year went without needed medical care because they could […]
Court case shows how health insurers rip off you and your employer By Wendell Potter The Center for Public Integrity, May 11, 2015 It turns out that one of the reasons workers have been paying more for their coverage is allegedly a common practice among insurers: charging their employer customers unlawful hidden fees. The fees […]
Do Individuals Make Sensible Health Insurance Decisions? Evidence from a Menu with Dominated Options By Saurabh Bhargava, George Loewenstein, and Justin Sydnor National Bureau of Economic Research, NBER Working Paper No. 21160, May 2015 Abstract The recent expansion of health-plan choice has been touted as increasing competition and enabling people to choose plans that fit […]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health? By Deane Marchbein, President of the Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors Health Affairs Blog, May 8, 2015 Lost in the political discussions over the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific-Rim nations—is […]
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