The Register’s Editorial: Why tie insurance to jobs? By the Editorial Board The Des Moines Register, August 27, 2013 In many households, one spouse buys health insurance through a job for the entire family. Now United Parcel Service Inc. has announced it intends to cut this coverage for working spouses of nonunion employees next year. [...]
The Impact of High-deductible Health Plans on Men and Women: An Analysis of Emergency Department Care By Kozhimannil, Katy B. PhD, MPA; Law, Michael R. PhD, MSc; Blauer-Peterson, Cori MPH; Zhang, Fang PhD; Wharam, James Frank MB, BCh, BAO, MPH Medical Care (APHA), August 2013 Abstract Background: Prior studies show that men are more likely [...]
ObamaCare’s architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists By Megan R. Wilson The Hill, August 25, 2013 ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have [...]
The Future of Medicare Supplemental Insurance By Gail R. Wilensky, PhD JAMA Internal Medicine, August 19, 2013 Even these highly regulated versions of Medigap have problems. They are expensive and, frequently, are not a very good buy. And Medigap insurance imposes significant costs on the Medicare program. Because Medigap plans pay for the deductibles, coinsurance, [...]
Access to Physicians’ Services for Medicare Beneficiaries By: Adele Shartzer, Rachael Zuckerman, Audrey McDowell, and Richard Kronick U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, August 2013 Key Findings: - According to federal survey data, the percentage of all office-based physicians who report accepting new Medicare patients [...]
2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey By Kaiser Family Foundation August 20, 2013 Employer-sponsored insurance covers about 149 million nonelderly people. To provide current information about employer-sponsored health benefits, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) conduct an annual survey of nonfederal private and public employers with three or more [...]
Insurers seek limited insurance exchange plan networks By Jennifer Lubell American Medical News, August 19, 2013 Health plans are focused on being ready “and doing what we need to do” as states set up their respective marketplaces, said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans. But some policy concerns remain. Many states, [...]
Coordination versus Competition in Health Care Reform By Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., and Helen Levy, Ph.D. The New England Journal of Medicine, August 14, 2013 Many current proposals to increase the value of care delivered in the U.S. health care system focus on improved coordination — and with good reason. Badly coordinated care, duplicated efforts, bungled [...]
Medicare Payment for Cognitive vs Procedural Care By Christine A. Sinsky, MD and David C. Dugdale, MD JAMA Internal Medicine, August 12, 2013 Conclusions and Relevance Our analysis indicates that Medicare reimburses physicians 3 to 5 times more for common procedural care than for cognitive care and illustrates the financial pressures that may contribute to [...]
Annual Report on the Massachusetts Health Care Market Commonwealth of Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis, August 2013 In a continuing trend, the health coverage available through Massachusetts employers in 2011 cost more and had lower benefit value. Between 2009 and 2011 premiums rose by 9.7% to pay for benefits that decreased by 5%. [...]
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