Health Care Economics

Medical Balance Billing – How Far is Too Far?

Filed in Health Care Economics, Health Insurance by on December 16, 2014 0 Comments
Medical Balance Billing – How Far is Too Far?
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By Christine O’Neill Healthcare costs in the United States topped $3.8 billion in 2013 according to Forbes.com.  Industry experts offer many hypotheses as to why costs are so high including excessive administrative costs and the fact that Americans pay more for and receive more care than citizens in many other developed countries.  One contributing factor […]

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The Growth of Retail Health Clinics

The Growth of Retail Health Clinics
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By Jenny Wright Over the past decade or so, customers may have noticed the growing number of health clinics opening up in large retail chain stores. Once a place for customers to receive flu shots while waiting for a prescription, many retail health clinics now provide a number of health care services to people nationwide. […]

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Treating Addiction in Pregnant Women and New Mothers: A Promising Application for Social Impact Financing?

Treating Addiction in Pregnant Women and New Mothers: A Promising Application for Social Impact Financing?
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Cross-Posted at Bill of Health Last week, vtdigger.org ran an interesting article by Laura Krantz on the difficulties pregnant women and new mothers who are addicted to drugs have accessing not just drug treatment but also all of the other services and supports they need. Krantz reported on a hearing before the Human Services Committee […]

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RUC-rolled

Filed in Health Care Economics, Health Law by on February 19, 2013 0 Comments
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A few years ago, I noted that the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) has a dominant role in suggesting payment levels to CMS.  It raises hard questions about price-setting in the health care sector, many of which cannot be answered because its processes are opaque.  Now we know that judicial relief […]

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The Good News is that Health Care Spending is Down

Filed in Health Care Economics by on January 10, 2012 0 Comments
The Good News is that Health Care Spending is Down
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The bad news is that the country’s too broke to be sick. The New York Times reports that health care spending rose just 3.9% in 2010, totaling $2.6 trillion or 17.9% of the Gross Domestic Product. The information was derived from the latest report from the government’s National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), which are, according […]

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