Quote of the Day Category

Reforming Medicare: What does the public think? AEI and the Brookings Institution, September 19, 2014 Panelists: Joseph Antos (AEI), Marge Ginsburg (CHCD), Robert Moffit (Heritage), Kavita Patel (Brookings) and John Rother (NCHC) On Friday at AEI, Marge Ginsburg of the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHCD) opened a discussion on redesigning Medicare by presenting new findings […]

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Doctors Hit a Snag In the Rush to Connect By Julie Creswell The New York Times, September 30, 2014 Regardless of who is at fault, doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination […]

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Auto-Renewing Your Health Plan May Be Bad for You, and for Competition By Austin Frakt The New York Times, September 29, 2014 Overwhelmed with increasing choice in the new exchanges, returning consumers may not relish the idea of selecting a new plan. A feature built into the exchanges practically invites them not to do so: […]

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Costs Can Go Up Fast When E.R. Is in Network but the Doctors Are Not By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, September 28, 2014 Patients have no choice about which physician they see when they go to an emergency room, even if they have the presence of mind to visit a hospital that is […]

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Underinsured ACA Enrollees Strain Community Health Centers Kaiser Health News, Daily Health Policy Report, September 26, 2014 Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with […]

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The Economist has advice for fixing Obamacare

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How to fix Obamacare The Economist, September 20, 2014 It is now nearly a year since the roll-out of Obamacare. Ironically the “socialist” Mr Obama did not do the one thing that might have cut taxpayers’ costs dramatically: introduce a European “single payer” health-care system. Instead he tried to tweak America’s system in two ways […]

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HCA’s dishonest IPO

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U.S. hospital chain HCA must face class action over 2011 IPO By Jonathan Stempel Reuters, September 23, 2014 HCA Holdings Inc, one of the largest U.S. hospital chains, must face a shareholder class-action lawsuit accusing it of concealing revenue declines and its routine performance of unnecessary cardiac procedures prior to its $4.35 billion initial public […]

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How much is wasted on defensive medicine?

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The Cost of Defensive Medicine on 3 Hospital Medicine Services By Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH; Joshua Class, BS; Tara F. Bishop, MD, MPH; Jennifer Friderici, MS; Reva Kleppel, MPH, MSW; Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSS JAMA Internal Medicine, September 15, 2014 The overuse of tests and procedures because of fear of malpractice litigation, known […]

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Outrageous out-of-network billings

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After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, September 20, 2014 Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when […]

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This academic survey of human resource officers at Fortune 500 companies shows that they plan to address rising costs of their health benefit programs by increasing the financial burden on their employees. Check the key findings from the survey listed above. Each one is bad news for the employees.

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