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Health & Insurance, Social Security, Social Services

Social Security Giveth, Medical Costs Taketh Away

October 13, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Retirees spent on average more than a third of their Social Security benefits on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2014, according to a recent study. Even after factoring in other sources of income, medical spending still took a substantial 18 percent […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Policy Points: Three GOP Senators ‘Bedside Miracle;’ Immigration As A Public Health Issue

September 14, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Columnists offer their opinions on a range of health policy topics, including the Obamacare alternative being advanced by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), the impact of immigration policy and how to make sense of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Medicare Unveils ‘Skeletal’ Site For Hospice Comparison Shopping

August 28, 2017

Via: The Caregiver Space

Medicare launched a website aimed at helping families choose a hospice — but experts say it doesn’t help very much. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released Hospice Compare, a consumer-focused website that lets families compare up […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Why people don’t like the Affordable Care Act?

August 2, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

The reason may be the exact problem that the ACA was trying to solve.  The ACA was trying to increase the affordability of health care.  They did this in part through the creation of the exchanges and patient subsidies. However, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Price Transparency In Medicine Faces Stiff Opposition — From Hospitals And Doctors

July 25, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Two years after it passed unanimously in Ohio’s state Legislature, a law meant to inform patients what health care procedures will cost is in a state of suspended animation. One of the most stringent in a group of similar state […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Health Insurers Try Paying More Upfront To Pay Less Later

July 17, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Michael McBrayer of St. Paul, Minn., needs to pay a lot attention to his health. “I give myself shots multiple times a day, as well as controlling my diet and exercise,” he said. Ten years ago, McBrayer learned he has […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Texas Hospitals Fear Losing $6.2B Medicaid Deal 

June 26, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Texas rejected billions in federal aid to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, calling the program “broken.” But now it’s asking the Trump administration to renew a deal that’s brought the state an additional $6.2 billion a year under […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Can physician quality be captured by a single composite measure?

June 21, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

Value-based payment for providers is often predicated on being able to measure physician quality with a single composite measures.  For instance, Medicare’ s Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) combines a variety of individual quality metrics across domains to create a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Senate’s Obamacare reform bill is due to be finalized Monday, but no plans to show public yet

June 13, 2017

Via: CNBC

The Senate’s push to repeal and replace Obamacare is looking like a game of “I’ve Got a Secret.” A new report says Senate Republicans are expected to wrap up drafting a bill to reform Obamacare by Monday night. But Axios.com […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

How states, health institutions use cloud to deliver better services

May 23, 2017

Via: StateScoop

With the challenge of legacy modernization on the horizon, state and local agencies are turning to the cloud to change the way they deliver services, and ultimately, build healthier communities. In California and Indiana, as well as other locations across […]