Tag: Hospitals

A Snapshot of the Health Care Workforce »

How is the health care workforce changing under Obamacare? This month’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives us a snapshot of employment in health care versus the rest of the economy. The table below shows the details. Despite the widely touted notion that Obamacare is putting hospitals out of business, hospital...
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Take the Money and Run? GAO Reports Significant Dropping Out of Government Electronic Health Records Program »

A previous blog entry noted that Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have utterly failed to execute a plan to develop an interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR), despite five million beneficiaries receiving health benefits from both bureaucracies. Despite its inability to manage this for two closely related federal departments, the federal government decided...
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Least Surprising Health Research Result Ever: Medicaid Increases ER Use »

Medicaid is a welfare program jointly funded by federal and state governments, which claims to provide health insurance to low-income people. A few years ago, Oregon expanded Medicaid enrollment by lottery. This created an excellent environment to study the effects of being uninsured versus being enrolled in Medicaid, because it approximated a randomized-controlled trial —...
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Medicaid Expansion Means More ER Visits »

A number of years ago, Governor Romney told me that under Massachusetts health reform people would go to physicians’ offices for care instead of going to the emergency room. He wasn’t saying that Massachusetts would deliver more care. He was saying that the care would be more appropriate and less expensive. As it turns...
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Obamacare Health Insurance Has “Narrow Networks,” but Why Are There Any Networks at All? »

Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News recently reported on a presentation by Paul Mango of McKinsey & Co. to an audience of health-insurance executives. According to Appleby’s report, Mr. Mango’s research found: About two-thirds of hospital networks on the exchanges are “narrow” or “ultra-narrow”; This was defined by surveying 20 urban areas and identifying...
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Obamacare Will Not Prevent Hospitals from Overcharging »

In two recent posts I discussed out-of-control prices for hospital services, especially emergency-room care. In the first, I argued that sky-high hospital prices are the result of government interference. In the second, I cheered the fact that consumer-driven health plans are inducing hospitals (ever so gradually) to be more upfront with patients (at least,...
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Hospitals’ Bad Debt: Part of the Problem—or Part of the Solution? »

My previous blog entry tried to shed some light on the phenomenon of hospital charges that are out of control, such as $500 for a single stitch. Well, the hospitals have their challenges, too. They increasingly have to worry about collecting money directly from patients, instead of insurers. According to recent articles, it is...
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