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October 11, 2013
Here is an excellent picture from the New England Journal of Medicine, illustrating which states have chosen to run their own exchanges, which are relying on the federal government, and which are following some kind of hybrid approach. Unsurprisingly, ...
March 27, 2013
Gioia Zucchero, M.A.
Recently, the drugstore CVS Caremark implemented a health policy that if an employee would like to be covered through the company’s medical plan, he or she is required to submit information about how much they weigh, their body fat percentage and glucose levels…or else face a monetary penalty each month.…
March 7, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Do you smoke? Do you exercise? Do you have a yearly physical with your physician? Your answers to these questions could have an affect on the cost and coverage of your health insurance.…
July 14, 2012
If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone.…
June 7, 2011
This could hardly have been the intent when healthcare reform was passed last year, but a recent study by top-notch consulting firm McKinsey suggests that as many as 30% of employers plan to drop health insurance as a benefit when the new healthcare law goes into effect.…
March 24, 2010
The Bioethics Channel at the Center for Practical Bioethics presents an ethical analysis of the historical passage of health care reform.…
March 4, 2010
Check out this statistic from the Chicago Tribune today: “Illinois consumers to pay up to 60% more [for health insurance premiums], data show.” When do they pay more?…
October 5, 2009
Published last week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Art Caplan discusses the “right to reform”. What does this quite simple sounding phrase mean?…
June 8, 2009
Following up on last week’s post which talked about how even insured Americans are shelling out more and more dollars out of pocket to pay for their healthcare, guest blogger Emily Willingham, PhD tells us that research suggest that in addition to that frightening trend there is even more to fear when it comes to paying for healthcare access, even if you have health insurance.…
June 3, 2009
Over the last three years, according to research published in Health Affairs, out-of-pocket healthcare costs have increased 34% says WSJ.…
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February 21, 2014 2:40 pm
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics decided not to bill the state for the 15 abortions it had performed as of mid-February.
February 20, 2014 5:45 pm
Patients with insurance may not be transferred to specialized trauma centers as quickly as those without, a Stanford study has found.
November 13, 2013 4:32 pm
There is nothing “inherently wrong” with offering people financial incentives aimed at improving their health and reining in health care costs, Blumenthal-Barby said. But divulging your risk of potentially developing a disease at some point in the future is another matter.
October 29, 2013 7:18 pm
States can combat rising prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, outsourcing and taking other measures, a report released Tuesday states.
October 2, 2013 2:06 pm
After Scramble to Fix Technical Wrinkles, Online Marketplaces to Offer First Clear Look at Pricing.
September 14, 2013 12:04 pm
Eliminating the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage in a skilled-nursing facility is among the list of recommendations that the Commission on Long-Term Care will include in its final report to Congress.
June 25, 2013 1:19 pm
Hoping to cut medical costs, employers are experimenting with a new way to pay for health care, telling workers that their company health plan will pay only a fixed amount for a given test or procedure.
May 30, 2013 1:43 pm
Employees will be eligible for significantly lower premiums on the health insurance they buy through their employers if they participate in “workplace wellness programs,” even if they don’t improve their health.
May 17, 2013 2:16 pm
Women who discover they carry a hereditary gene mutation that dramatically increases their risk of breast and ovarian cancers face big decisions and the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs.
May 9, 2013 2:35 pm
Data being released for the first time shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure.
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