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The Little-Known Decision-Makers for Medicare Physicians Fees

Uwe E. Reinhardt | The New York Times | December 10, 2010

Have you ever heard of the RUC? If not, you are not part of the small circle of cognoscenti who know what makes the world go ’round – at least in Medicare. To enter the circle, read on. Read More »

The Outlook For “Obamacare” In Two Maps

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein | ProPublica | November 8, 2012

It wasn’t just President Barack Obama who won Tuesday. His signature health care plan did as well. But while the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains alive, less clear is how its various mandates will proceed and who will participate. Read More »

The Promise of Electronic Health Records

John Halamka | Government Health IT | December 5, 2011

Last week, Don Berwick completed his 17 month tenure as administrator of Medicare and Medicaid. The nation should be grateful that such a visionary was at the helm. The nation should be frustrated that he was never confirmed. Read More »

The Robots Are Healthcare!

Ready or not, there are robots in your future.  And some of them will be for health care. There has been growing concern that the rise of robots, along with artificial intelligence (AI), will create huge impacts on jobs.  Within the last few months both McKinsey and PwC have issued white papers on the topic.  The former found that nearly half of jobs have the potential to be automated (although most not totally), while the latter expects 38% of U.S. jobs at at high risk of automation within 20 years. Health care is not high on most lists of sectors whose jobs are soonest to be heavily impacted by robots, but it is on the list -- and it will happen...

The Salaries Of Health Executives: What Can Doctors Do?

Kevin R.Campbell | | May 29, 2014

... Health care costs in the U.S. remain above those of all other industrialized countries while physician salaries continue to fall.  Even though the U.S. spends more dollars per capita on health care than any other country on earth, our outcomes, when compared to other nations, remain mediocre at best...

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The Storm Has Passed, But Puerto Rico’s Health Faces Prolonged Recovery

Carmen Heredia Rodriguez and Rachel Bluth | Kaiser Health News | October 16, 2017

As President Donald Trump signals impatience to wind down emergency aid to Puerto Rico, the challenges wrought by Hurricane Maria to the health of Puerto Ricans and the island’s fragile health system are in many ways just beginning. Three weeks after that direct hit, nearly four dozen deaths are associated with the storm. But the true toll on Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents is likely to involve sickness and loss of life that will only become apparent in the coming months and in indirect ways...

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Today's 'Meaningful Use' Standard for Medication Orders by Hospitals May Save Few Lives; Later Stages May Do More

Spencer S. Jones | Health Affairs | September 1, 2011

The federal government is currently offering bonus payments through Medicare and Medicaid to hospitals, physicians, and other eligible health professionals who meet new standards for “meaningful use” of health information technology. Whether these incentives will improve care, reduce errors, and improve patient safety as intended remains uncertain. Read More »

Todd Park—Changing Behavior and Changing Policies Panel (Part 3)

Unlisted | Stanford Social Innovation Review | October 11, 2011

Two megatrends are locking in: Massive incentive change and information liberation, says Todd Park, CTO of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The federal programs must lead the way in changing from fee-for-service to incentives for value in healthcare. Read More »

Tool Aims at Tracking Doc Shortage

Mary Merrill | Healthcare IT News | September 8, 2011

The Physicians Foundation has awarded a two-year $750K grant to aid in the development of a Web-based projection model that will be designed to be continually updated with new data to track ongoing physician workforce needs across the country. The nonprofit organization awarded the grant to the Cecil G. Read More »

Treasury Prints Money, HHS Burns It

Tom Temin | Federal News Radio | September 7, 2016

Like invasive vines, so-called improper payments seem totally resistant to agency efforts to cut them down. You won’t find it on the home page, where most agencies put only happy news, but Health and Human Services has warned improper payments through Medicaid are rising fast. They’ll hit an estimated 11.5 percent this year, or $30 billion. The rate last year was 9.8 percent. The dollars were about $15 billion in 2013...

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Vendors Compete to Add EHRs, Provider Data Exchange to Blue Button Initiative

Unknown | U.S. Medicine | September 1, 2011

When VA went live with its Blue Button download format last year, the goal was to give veterans the ability to download their personal-health information directly from their MyHealtheVet account. A new initiative announced this summer will expand that capability to private health-care records. Read More »

Vermont Moving Forward With Its Own Flavor of Health Reform

Kaiser Health News Staff | Government Health IT | January 19, 2012

Vermont lawmakers are taking steps to move the state toward a publicly-financed insurance program and craft a state health exchange, which is required by the 2010 federal health law and which state officials hope to use as the groundwork for their eventual move to a unique single-payer system. Read More »

Veterans Without VA Health Care Eligible For Medicaid Through Obamacare

Esther Bergdahl | Medill Reports: Chicago | June 5, 2013

When Daniel Cruz left the U.S. Marine Corps in August 2006, he became one of thousands of Illinois veterans without health insurance, despite being eligible for coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More »

What Are the Real Consequences of ObamaCare?

If America has anything, it’s a disease care system that focuses on episodic interventions by health care professionals trying to salvage a patient from the ravages of chronic diseases, many of which are self-induced. It’s a system that does not focus on health maintenance, something that really would alter the nature of the country’s well-being. I would argue that using the same money we are spending on this ObamaCare nonsense to teach kids in elementary school how to eat, shop, cook, exercise, not use drugs or tobacco and to have safe sex would probably improve health in the country far more than this bill ever did or will.

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What The U.S. Can Learn From Brazil's Healthcare Mess

Olga Khazan | The Atlantic | May 8, 2014

Here’s what it looks like when a sprawling, diverse nation tries to cover everybody....By a lot of measures, Brazil’s Sistema Único de Saúde—or SUS—has led to huge health gains.

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