Health Savings Accounts: Growth Concentrated Among High-Income Households And Large Employers By Lorens A. Helmchen, David W. Brown, Ithai Z. Lurie and Anthony T. Lo Sasso Health Affairs, September 2015 Between 2005 and 2012, the share of employers whose employees had health savings accounts (HSAs) and the share of employees working at these employers grew […]
The Financial Effect of Value-Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program on Safety-Net Hospitals in 2014 By Matlin Gilman, BA; Jason M. Hockenberry, PhD; E. Kathleen Adams, PhD; Arnold S. Milstein, MD; Ira B. Wilson, MD, MSc; and Edmund R. Becker, PhD Annals of Internal Medicine, September 7, 2015 Background: Medicare’s value-based purchasing (VBP) […]
Physician Payment Reform In A Post-SGR World: Challenges Remain By John O’Shea Health Affairs Blog, September 3, 2015 On April 16, 2015 President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) which, among other things, finally repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism of updating fees to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). […]
Health Care Spending: Historical Trends and New Directions By Alice Chen and Dana Goldman NBER Working Paper 21501, National Bureau of Economic Research, August 2015 Over the last five decades, broad changes in the US health care system have dramatically influenced growth in health care expenditures. These structural changes have also influenced the trajectory of […]
Court rules Ohio spouses are eligible for Medicaid By Jim ProvanceThe Blade, September 2, 2015 In a decision that could have far-reaching effects, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Ohio must count an applicant’s spouse as a member of his family when determining eligibility for financial assistance to pay Medicare bills. A three-judge panel […]
The Value of Socialized Medicine: The Impact of Universal Primary Healthcare Provision on Birth and Mortality Rates in Turkey By Resul Cesur, Pınar Mine Güneş, Erdal Tekin, and Aydogan Ulker NBER Working Paper 21510, National Bureau of Economic Research, August 2015 Abstract This paper examines the impact of universal, free, and easily accessible primary healthcare […]
Larger Issuers, Larger Premium Increases: Health insurance issuer competition post-ACA By Eugene Wang and Grace Gee Technology Science (Harvard University), August 11, 2015 Abstract The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has substantially reformed the health insurance industry in the United States by establishing health insurance marketplaces, also called health exchanges, to facilitate the […]
Moody’s revises US not-for-profit healthcare outlook to stable from negative as cash flows increase Moody’s Investors Service, August 26, 2015 Moody’s Investors Service has revised the outlook for the US not-for-profit and public healthcare sector to stable from negative due to improvement across the industry’s fundamental business, financial and economic conditions. The outlook had been […]
Quality Improvement: ‘Become Good At Cheating And You Never Need To Become Good At Anything Else’ By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler Health Affairs Blog, August 27, 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has trumpeted the recent drop in hospital readmissions among Medicare patients as a major advance for patient safety. But […]
Results from the 2015 Cal Wellness–Field Health Policy Survey – Part 1 By Mark DiCamillo, Director, The Field Poll The Field Poll, August 26, 2015 Increasing voter support for extending Medi-Cal to undocumented residents The current survey repeated a question first posed to California voters last year about whether the state’s Medi-Cal program should be […]
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