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Health Expenditures to Keep Rising

In 2011, the Affordable Care Act passed with two primary goals: (1) expanding coverage and (2) bending the cost curve. Exactly how much healthcare savings it will produce is still up for debate and is the subject of a recent analysis published in [...]

September 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

How the ACA Impacted Emergency Room Visits

Prior studies have demonstrated that when previously uninsured patients gain insurance, specifically Medicaid, they visit the emergency department (ED) more frequently. A recent study in Health Affairs analyzed the effect of the Affordable Care [...]

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Problem with ACOs & Vulnerable Patients

Growing evidence suggests that accountable care organizations (ACOs), which are networks of health care providers (including both physicians and hospitals) with shared financial and medical responsibility for coordinated patient care, are improving [...]

September 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

No Difference Between Public & Private Coverage

A new study confirms what many think, that some insurance coverage is better than none. What may challenge some people’s preconceptions is that whether that insurance coverage is private or public (i.e. Medicare or Medicaid) access to care is [...]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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