Tag Archives: insurance

Webinar on insurance marketplace experience

From the Commonwealth Fund: Join a Commonwealth Fund–sponsored webinar on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers & the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. Experts working with the three marketplace … Continue reading

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Implementing health reform: An October through December enrollment report

From the Health Affairs Blog: On January 13, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report on the Health Insurance Marketplace covering the first three months of open enrollment, October 1 through December 28, 2013. The data … Continue reading

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HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): HCUP has released a new infographic, The Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals, which represents data from the recently released Statistical Brief #160: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The … Continue reading

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State lessons on health system reform

There is a new issue brief available from the Commonwealth Fund:  State Innovation Models: Early Experiences and Challenges of an Initiative to Advance Broad Health System Reform. Since July 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded 25 … Continue reading

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The latest Health Wonk Review – Data, medicine, insurance reform, and more

From the Health Affairs Blog and Boston Health News: Health data is a theme of this edition of the Health Wonk Review because it is also the focus of the current Knight News Challenge. That contest rewards media innovation with … Continue reading

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Patient engagement is the key

From the Health Affairs Blog: Everywhere outside of health care, the consumer is in the driver’s seat. From Angie’s List to Yelp to Uber, consumers have never had more tools, and more ability, to get what they want and need. … Continue reading

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The cure for the $1000 toothbrush

From the Fixes blog at the New York Times: Here is a basic fact of health care in the United States: Doctors and hospitals know what they charge, but patients don’t know what they pay. As in any market, when … Continue reading

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In nursing homes, an epidemic of poor dental hygiene

From the Well blog at the New York Times: Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric … Continue reading

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Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography

New from the National Academies Press: Health care in the United States is more expensive than in other developed countries, costing $2.7 trillion in 2011, or 17.9 percent of the national gross domestic product. Increasing costs strain budgets at all … Continue reading

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New HRSA briefs on rural health

From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Two new health briefs have been published focusing on rural health and Medicare. “Medicare Payments & Common Diagnoses. Review of 2009 Medicare Output Claims Data. Findings Brief #107″ (ORPH00574) presents a summary profile … Continue reading

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