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Geographic Variation In Spending For Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven By Inpatient Prices

A report that was released on January 28 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that spending for an episode of care in the private sector varied across metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) for coronary stent placement, laparoscopic appendectomy, and total hip replacement, even after adjusting for geographic differences in the cost of doing business and...
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HRSA announces Rural Network Allied Health Training Program FOA

On January 29th, HRSA launched the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program FOA (HRSA-15-068) with proposals due by March 31st. These grants will be focused on expanding access, improving the quality of care, and strengthening the rural health care system through the recruitment, clinical training, and retention of allied health professionals. Ten grants will be...
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Medicare At 50—Moving Forward

In the second part of their report on January 28, 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine on Medicare’s past, present, and future, The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal and Stuart Guterman and Karen Davis of the Johns Hopkins University Lipitz Center for Integrated Healthcare examine the program’s challenges and weigh the options for both...
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CBO reports projected ACA costs to be 20% less than expected

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report yesterday finding the expansion in health insurance coverage will come at a cost 20% lower than previously anticipated in its first decade of enactment. The report cites two reasons for lower costs than anticipated – an overall slow down in health care costs and many states choosing not to accept...
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The Health Of America Report

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released a report analyzing health care providers’ prices in 64 markets across the country. These markets account for the coverage of more than 100 million Americans. The report analyzed three years of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ claims data for knee and hip replacement procedures. These...
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Characteristics Of Those Affected By A Supreme Court Finding In King V. Burwell

A Brief from the Urban Institute on the U.S. Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, describes the characteristics of individuals who would be affected, particularly those who would otherwise have non-group insurance. Of the 9.3 million persons estimated to lose tax credits, two-thirds would become uninsured. Financial burdens would increase substantially for those wishing to...
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Telehealth’s Promise For Hospitals, Health Systems, And Communities

Telehealth increasingly is vital to health care delivery in the U.S., enabling health care providers to connect with patients and consulting practitioners across vast distances. A report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) discusses how hospitals are embracing the use of telehealth technologies because they offer benefits such as virtual consultations with distant specialists, the ability...
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