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Estimating Operating Room Time Improves Medicare Billing

Currently, physician fees for surgical services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries are largely governed by the resource-based relative value scale. Under this framework, relative value units (RVUs) are used to measure the physician time and effort [...]

May 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

U.S. Taxpayers Pay for Two-Thirds of Healthcare

Who pays for health care in the United States?  Public perception lays the burden of health care spending on individuals and private entities, and estimates from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirms those beliefs.  This [...]

March 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

“I’m from the Government & I’m here to help”

Despite fears of failing Marketplaces, death spirals, and a recent threat by UnitedHealth to withdraw from the Marketplaces altogether, researchers find that insurer participation and Marketplace offerings increased between 2014 and 2015. The data [...]

January 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Higher drug spending lowers other costs

Medicaid expansion has dramatically increased the number of Americans with health insurance. However, many have raised concerns over the costs to federal, state, and local government. It is estimated that the 2013 Medicaid expansion cost a total of [...]

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

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