Tag: Hospitals

A Very Weak Case for Hospital Mergers »

One consequence of Obamacare is hich can reduce competition and increase prices. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, MD, CEO and President of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, puts forward a number of claims in favor of hospital consolidation. Each assertion is weak, making an unconvincing argument overall. First, Dr....
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After $26 Billion Paid Out, Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records Only 4 Percent of Target »

At a September 3 meeting of the Obama administration’s Health IT Policy Committee, officials disclosed that only 3,154 eligible professionals (doctors, dentists, et cetera) had “attested” to so-called “meaningful use stage 2″ to get their bounties from the federal government for installing electronic health records. Only 143 hospitals had attested. One healthcare leader, who was at the meeting,...
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Medicaid’s Financing Merry-Go-Round »

Medicaid, which provides health-related welfare benefits to low-income individuals, is jointly financed by the federal and state governments. Before Obamacare, the split was 50/50 for rich states, but low-income states got more dollars. This mechanism is called the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP). So, if California spent $50 on Medicaid, the federal taxpayer would...
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Understanding Waiting Times for Health Care »

In Sunday’s New York Times, reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses evidence that that waiting times for medical care in the United States do not always compare favorably with those of other developed countries: “I fully expect wait times to be going up this year for Medicaid and Medicare and private insurance because we are expanding...
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Non-Hospital Healthcare Jobs Are Growing Fast »

Jobs in health care, especially in outpatient settings, continue to rally. Of 217,000 nonfarm civilian jobs filled in May, 34,000 were in health care. This was twice the average monthly gain over the previous twelve months. As previously observed, most of these jobs are in ambulatory settings. Two thirds of the gains (23,000) were...
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No Joke, Paul Krugman Praised Veterans Health System as National Model »

In 2011, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that the federal Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system is a “huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform.” Let’s examine Krugman’s arguments for why the VA is a national model for healthcare in light of recent revelations: 1) Krugman says the...
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Once Again, Government Displaces Real Aid »

The history of the growth of government is riddled with government programs driving out well-functioning arrangements for the private provision of assistance and social services, including welfare, healthcare and hospital services, unemployment assistance, disaster relief and more. So it should come as no surprise that now Obamacare is doing the same. As reported in...
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More Evidence Suggests Obamacare Is Not Driving Hospitals Bankrupt »

One of the most intuitively appealing arguments for ensuring that everyone has health insurance is the claim that uninsured patients crowd emergency rooms but don’t pay their bills. Hospitals present these bills to government, and taxpayers end up paying. Health Affairs has a new estimate of these costs: We estimated providers’ uncompensated care costs...
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Health Care Workforce Continues to Shift Away from Hospitals »

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest employment report shows that health care continues to add jobs at about the same rate as the rest of the economy, the shift of jobs to the outpatient setting continues. From March to April, hospitals barely added two thousand new workers. Physicians’ offices, on the other hand,...
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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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