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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

The Doctor will see you Now (For $160)

Although the Affordable Care Act sought to expand health insurance to near universal levels, this has not occurred. In the Supreme Court case National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius, the court ruled Medicaid expansion to be optional. [...]

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The First Five Years of the ACA in Review

This article is the second of a two part series. See article one here. Cost of Care: The ACA encouraged the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to integrate and coordinate patients’ health care experiences. Under the Medicare Shared [...]

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Should We Subsidize the Sick?

The projected savings from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not solely from the health care exchanges: a large portion of savings stem from re-allocating medical resources towards the sickest patient populations. By improving the health of the [...]

May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

It Costs More to be Poor

Uninsured patients are the most financially vulnerable to hospital charges. Hospitals bill a high charge for medical services, with the expectation that a fraction of that is actually paid by insurance companies. With a large consumer base, [...]

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

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