Tag: Healthcare

Hiring in Ambulatory Clinics Back on Track; Other Health Jobs Lagging »

Last Friday’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics caused some joy in the land: 321,000 jobs were added in November. My Forbes colleague Bruce Japsen cheered about an “Obamacare jobs bump” in health services. If true, this would be an example of Bastiat’s broken-window fallacy: Broken windows create employment for glaziers, so the government should…
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Professor Gruber Strikes Again »

According to a recent post by Scott Vorse on Brietbart’s “Big Government” website, MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, already in hot water for saying that “the stupidity of the American voter” was politically indispensable in getting Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act, previously had advised former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg on tobacco tax…
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Gallup: Obamacare Hurting the Middle Class »

Gallup reports that more Americans are delaying medical care because of cost. It is now 33 percent of respondents, versus only 19 percent in 2001. Some would love to blame this on consumer-driven health plans, which shift medical spending from premiums, which run through insurers’ bureaucracies, to patients’ direct control. However, this increase in…
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Consumer-Driven Plans Increase Share of Employer-Based Benefits »

Consumer-driven health plans seized five more points of market share in the employer-based benefits market, according to Mercer’s latest report: Mercer survey finds average total health benefit cost per employee rose 3.9% in 2014; Enrollment in high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) jumps from 18% to 23% of all covered employees following a surge of new…
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“Cadillac Tax” Will Hit 38 Percent of Employers in 2018 »

The “Cadillac tax” is the excise tax on high-value health plans, which goes into effect in 2018. If the value of health benefits exceeds $10,200 for an individual or $27,000 for a family, the excise tax will be 40 percent. A new report from the American Health Policy Institute breaks down the effect on employers. As…
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Will Obamacare Hit Its Enrollment Target? »

The media seems to think that Obamacare’s second open enrollment is going just swimmingly. (How could it be going worse than last year’s?) Unfortunately, the Obama administration still isn’t counting last year’s sign-ups accurately. Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic has called the administration’s over-counting of Obamacare sign-ups “inexcusable.” And that’s from one of Obamacare’s biggest fans….
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Right-to-Try Laws Now in 5 States »

After this month’s elections, the number of states that have “right to try” laws for experimental drugs has hit five. One in ten states: Not bad for an effort run out of one think tank in Arizona. However, I have seen no evidence that any manufacturer of an experimental drug is taking advantage of these…
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Your Kaiser Permanente Doctor Will See You Now – At Target »

I am a pretty severe critic of hospitals. Nevertheless, I like innovation wherever we find it happening, and it is happening in some large systems: In a move that reflects the increasing wave of consumer-driven healthcare, Target Corporation is teaming up with Kaiser Permanente to open four in-store Target Clinics in Southern California, taking…
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Hiring in Outpatient Clinics Froze Last Month »

Hiring in health care continued its moderate pace in October. Because non-health job growth has picked up, healthcare hiring no longer dominates job growth. (In August, one in four jobs added was in health care.) According to Table B-1 of the employment report (Table 1 below), health care hired 24,500 workers in October (seasonally adjusted),…
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American Medical Association Backs Telemedicine Compact »

Our blog usually does not cheer the American Medical Association, because it is largely responsible for the Soviet-style centrally fixed prices that prevail in Medicare. Well, today we applaud the AMA for pledging its support to an important initiative that will increase the adoption of telehealth. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has…
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