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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

Obamacare: Cheaper and Better than Health Insurance pre-ACA

Despite scary media headlines about rising health insurance costs due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this study found that 3 in 4 self-employed adults ages 18-64 paid less after-tax on the ACA Marketplaces in 2014 than they paid in 2012. Source: [...]

November 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

ACA Contraception Mandate is a Success

One of the most impactful aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public health is the mandate that insurers cover all contraceptive methods. The mandate predictably caused push-back from faith-based corporations, but there has been little [...]

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Expanding ACO’s Beyond Medicare

In 2012, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) implemented a novel program in their efforts toward achieving the Triple Aim: Thirty-two organizations with experience in care coordination enrolled in the Medicare Pioneer accountable [...]

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

In Hospital Systems: Is Bigger Really Better?

Hospital system formation has been widely touted as a panacea for decreasing health care operating costs. Despite minimal evidence for improved costs, the number of hospital systems grew from 325 to 427 in the last decade. Nearly 60% of all [...]

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

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