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Protecting the Good Doctors

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined whether protecting doctors from unwarranted lawsuits could curb unnecessary health care costs, particularly in the emergency department where patients are high-risk and [...]

December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t Sue Me Bro

You walk into your doctor’s office with a headache. Like most people, before you made the appointment you did a quick Google search with your symptoms, and are now convinced you have a brain tumor—a meningioma maybe. WebMD says that [...]

December 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Cheating the system

The controversial practice of using electronic health record (EHR) systems to “upcode” Medicare claims has attracted the attention of policymakers and triggered targeted audits by the Department of Health and Human Services. “Upcoding” [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

EDs Are Profitable, But Just Barely

Source: Dave Dugdale (Creative Commons / Flickr) Wilson and Cutler analyzed several large databases to calculate the profit margin for all 120 million ED visits in the United States in 2009. The numbers for Medicare patients were real; the numbers [...]

July 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The cost-sharing sweet spot

Value-based insurance designs (VBID) provide cost incentives to encourage individuals to utilize certain highly effective medications in order to cut costs while improving quality and health outcomes. While this has mostly been done in the private [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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