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Medicare Advantage pays less than Fee for Service

According to conventional wisdom among health policymakers and health economists, traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare ought to be able to extract lower per unit prices than privately operated Medicare Advantage plans due to the former’s [...]

August 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Moving the Medicare Age up is Bad Medicine

A common goal for health reform is to decrease total health care expenditures. Adjusting the eligibility age for Medicare beneficiaries has the attraction of decreasing federal spending and shifting costs to private marketplaces. However, these [...]

August 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Robbing the Poor to Give to the Rich

Soaring health care costs have been a popular topic of discussion in the public arena, even in the midst of a recent spending slowdown between 2004 and 2013. The authors of this study investigated how health care expenditures differed between [...]

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Missing Link Between Mental Health and Guns

The crime rate in the United States has decreased despite public perception. However, the death rate from firearms – especially for suicides – has not seen as great a reduction. Source: Iorna (Flickr/CC) Researchers at Duke and the [...]

August 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Medical Homes Improve Outcomes for Underserved

Healthcare finance and delivery policies are shifting from volume to value, placing the burden on physicians, hospitals,  and administrators to identify and implement models that improve quality while also reducing cost. New evidence supports [...]

July 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

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