Dr. Coburn Unveils Obamacare Replayment – Patient CARE Act – with Senators Burr and Hatch Senator Tom Coburn January 27, 2014 Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act – a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces […]
Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective By Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D., and Whitney K. Kirzinger, M.P.H. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014 Recently published data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that 1 in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical […]
Hospital Chain Said to Scheme to Inflate Bills By Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson The New York Times, January 23, 2014 Health Management Associates, a for-profit hospital chain based in Naples, Fla., kept tabs on an internal strategy that regulators and others say was intended to increase admissions, regardless of whether a patient needed hospital […]
The Better Care, Lower Cost Act Senator Ron Wyden January 15, 2014 Medicare is not doing enough to take care of chronically ill patients, and the limitations of the fee-for-service system inhibit a needed focus on these patients and their needs. This is critically important because most Medicare enrollees suffer from multiple chronic conditions and […]
Remember the MaineRx By Robert Kemp Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, February 2014 Abstract In 2000, Maine became the first state in the US to enact a law to establish maximum retail prices for prescription drugs for all qualified state residents—MaineRx. The purpose was to lower prescription drug prices for all eligible residents of […]
Oncologists call for single payer in leading cancer journal Physicians for a National Health Program, January 17, 2014 A feature article published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice contains an evidence-based appeal by two oncologists, including a past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), for their colleagues to endorse a single-payer […]
Working for the Few Oxfam, January 20, 2014 In November 2013, the World Economic Forum released its ‘Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014’, in which it ranked widening income disparities as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming 12 to 18 months. Oxfam shares its analysis, and wants to see the 2014 World Economic […]
Raising Medicare Premiums for Higher-Income Beneficiaries: Assessing the Implications By Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, Gretchen Jacobson, and Karen E. Smith Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2014 As policymakers consider ways to slow the growth in Medicare spending as part of broader efforts to reduce the federal debt or offset the cost of other spending priorities, some […]
Bare-Bones Health Plans Survive Through Quirk in Law By Theo Francis The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2014 The health-care overhaul was supposed to eliminate insurance plans that offer skimpy coverage at cut rates. But a quirk in the law stands to help some companies keep them going for years to come. AlliedBarton Security Services, […]
Medicare Physician Payment Reform: Will 2014 Be the Fix for SGR? By Mark McClellan, MD, PhD; Kavita Patel, MD, MS; Darshak Sanghavi, MD JAMA, January 13, 2014 Every year since 2001, the SGR formula (sustainable growth rate) has called for an across-the-board reduction in payment rates, because the overall increase in the volume and intensity […]
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