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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

The Case For Patient-Centered Assessment Of Value

May 9, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

Value assessments are all the rage these days. From ASCO to ESMO, from MSKCC to AHA/ACC, from AMCP to ICER, there are a variety of value frameworks (and acronyms) out there. In the Health Affairs blog today, Alan Balch and […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

How does payment reform affect providers in competitive vs. non-competitive markets?

April 24, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

How does payment reform affect access to care?  And what does payment reform mean? Payment reform can mean manythings but in this context we will mean substituting fee-for-service or cost-plus reimbursement schemes for fixed reimbursement for a fixed episodes of care or fixed […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Where Sustainability Meets Public Health

March 22, 2017

Via: Triple Pundit

It may sometimes feel as if private citizens are relatively powerless in the face of wide-scale pollution and drastic global climate change.  However, we should remember that, in addition to the triple bottom line that companies can and should adhere […]


Health & Insurance

Health care to comprise 20% of the US economy by 2025

February 27, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

That is the conclusion reacted by CMS’ Office of the Actuary.  As published in a recent Health Affairs article: Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent for 2016–25 and represent 19.9 percent […]


Health & Insurance

Smarter deductibles?

February 14, 2017

Via: Healthcare Economist

Are high deductible health plans a good thing?  Republicans typically argue yes as they say that increased cost sharing reduces moral hazard.  That is, when people have to pay for medical care out of pocket, they don’t ask for unnecessary […]


Health & Insurance

Budget Scorekeepers Say GOP Plan Would Raise The Number Of Uninsured By 32M

January 18, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

The bill considered the most likely prototype for partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in as many as 32 million more people without health insurance and would double premiums in the individual insurance market, budget scorekeepers said […]


Health & Insurance

Six Surprising Health Items That Could Disappear With ACA Repeal

January 17, 2017

Via: The Caregiver Space

The Affordable Care Act of course affected premiums and insurance purchasing. It guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions could buy health coverage and allowed children to stay on parents’ plans until age 26. But the roughly 2,000-page bill also included a […]


Health & Insurance

When The Blues Won’t Let You Be

December 27, 2016

Via: The Caregiver Space

Nearly 16 million adults have major depression, and up to a third do not respond to treatment. The disease afflicts people of all ages, but experts say that as many as half of older adults don’t get better with standard […]


Health & Insurance

Medicare and Medicaid Services Not to Go Forward With Part B Payment Proposal

December 19, 2016

Via: Disabled World

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) applauds the decision from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to go forward with the agency’s controversial Part B payment proposal, noting that the hard-fought outcome is good news for rheumatology […]