Tag: Healthcare

Senate Dems: Get Pregnant, Then Get Health Insurance »

While everyone else is wondering whether or not the Supreme Court will strike down the Obamacare tax benefits in 37 jurisdictions (36 states plus Washington, D.C.) with the actual Affordable Care Act as written, some Democratic U.S. Senators are urging women to dig deeper into Obamacare by encouraging them to delay getting health insurance…
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How Much of Federal Transfer Payments Are Obamacare Subsidies? More than You Think! »

January’s Personal Income and Outlays report from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis shows how significant Obamacare’s subsidies to households have become. Last month, they accounted for 21 percent of the increase in total government transfer payments to households: Personal current transfer receipts increased $24.8 billion in January, compared with an increase of $13.8 billion…
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Health Spending Chews Through a Weak Economy »

The federal government’s second estimate of fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), published Friday by the U.S. Department of Commerce, confirmed what we pointed out from the initial estimate released on January 30: Health spending is chewing up more and more of the weakening economic recovery. GDP growth was actually revised down from the…
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Half of State Medical Boards Perform Poorly When Licensing Out-of-State Doctors »

A new research article in the Telemedicine and E-Health Journal shows how difficult state regulatory barriers are making it for doctors to practice effective telemedicine. Telemedicine embraces technologies as diverse as surgeons operating robots remotely, radiologists reading scanned images remotely, or psychiatrists conducting therapy sessions via videoconference. One barrier to effective adoption of telemedicine…
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Why Hasn’t Medicare Advantage Collapsed? »

Milliman, the actuarial consulting firm, has published a new report on the impact of the government’s cuts to Medicare Advantage. The report was sponsored by the Better Medicare Alliance, which announced that “Seniors now face soaring maximum annual out-of-pocket costs” due to the cuts. And yet, the purported cuts have not really bitten health insurers. Medicare Advantage enrollment…
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GAO: Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Health Administration at High Risk for Fraud, Waste, Abuse »

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its annual update of federal programs “that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement…” Healthcare programs feature high on the list. Medicare, the entitlement program for seniors, and Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for low-income households, are…
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“Site-Neutral” Medicare Payments: A Good Idea from President Obama’s Budget »

Imagine that there are two providers of the same service. Their quality and timeliness are comparable. However, one provider charges significantly more than the other. In a normally functioning market, you would expect that the more expensive provider would have to significantly change its cost structure to stay in business. What if the more…
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Health Care Spending Is Up, Way Up »

The economic data on health spending has been bouncing around like crazy in the age of Obamacare, so we must not read too much into one report. Nevertheless, the January 30 report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) issued by the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that health spending has begun to race up again,…
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Medical-Device Excise Tax Kills Jobs, Obamacare Kills Much More »

The sweet smell of success for the medical-device industry is wafting over Capitol Hill. News from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is that the Senate will take up repeal of the medical-device excise tax. This is a tax of 2.3 percent on most medical devices that was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act…
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Breaking News: The FDA Will Not Regulate Your Kid’s Skateboard »

The Food and Drug Administration has just issued draft guidance saying that it will not regulate products that help with “general wellness” and “promote a healthy lifestyle,” but pose low risk to peoples’ safety. The guidance specifies “exercise equipment, audio recordings, video games, software programs and other products” (although I suppose “other products” is…
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