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 […]
Implementing Health Reform: Four Years Later By Timothy S. Jost Health Affairs, January 2014 Despite enormous potential, the Affordable Care Act has been plagued by controversy and confusion from day one. Looking Ahead It is likely that more complaints will be heard once people actually use their ACA coverage. Many exchange carriers are offering limited […]
Health Care on a Budget: The Financial Burden of Health Spending by Medicare Households By Juliette Cubanski, Christina Swoope, Anthony Damico and Tricia Neuman Kaiser Family Foundation, January 9, 2014 The Medicare program offers health and financial protection to more than 50 million seniors and younger people with disabilities. However, the high cost of premiums, […]
Maryland All-Payer Model to Deliver Better Care and Lower Costs Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, January 10, 2014 On January 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Maryland jointly announced a new initiative to modernize Maryland’s unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services that will improve patient […]
Emergency visits seen increasing with health law By Sabrina Tavernise The New York Times, January 2, 2014 Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits because people would go to primary care doctors instead. But a rigorous new experiment in Oregon […]
Medical Debt among People with Health Insurance By Karen Pollitz Cynthia Cox, Kevin Lucia and Katie Keith Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2014 An estimated 1 in 3 Americans report having difficulty paying their medical bills – that is, they have had problems affording medical bills within the past year, or they are gradually paying past […]
National Health Spending In 2012: Rate Of Health Spending Growth Remained Low For The Fourth Consecutive Year By Anne B. Martin, Micah Hartman, Lekha Whittle, Aaron Catlin, the National Health Expenditure Accounts Team Health Affairs, January 2014 Abstract For the fourth consecutive year, growth in health care spending remained low, increasing by 3.7 percent in […]
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