Tag: medicare

Medicare Conference Highlights, Day 2

At day two of AHIP’s Medicare Conference, the opening session focused on the midterm elections in the context of health reform. Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute shared that both Republicans and Democrats consider health care as the second most important issue to them when deciding how to vote. Continue reading

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Politico: Exposing Medicare misalignment

A new article from Politico Magazine calls more attention to misaligned incentives plaguing the health care system and driving up costs. Continue reading

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The Morning Consult Reports from #PolicyConf

The Morning Consult is covering AHIP’s Policy Conference and Exchange Forum this week. Here are the stories and interviews we found interesting on day one. Continue reading

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Highlights from AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit

At the Dual Eligibles Summit, Melanie Bella discussed numerous initiatives launched by the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office in an effort to ensure that beneficiaries who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have access to seamless, high quality, cost-effective health care. Continue reading

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Highlights from AHIP Medicare Conference

Our 2013 Medicare Conference included remarks from CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum. Continue reading

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New Infographic from AHRQ on Hospital Readmission Rates

Check out this new infographic from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Continue reading

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Fiscal Times Column: “Doctors are Setting Their Own Prices”

A column in the Fiscal Times looks at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, a group of physicians that develops relative values for CPT codes, which are used to set prices for specific procedures in Medicare. Continue reading

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Health Affairs Blog: “Variation in Medicare Costs Suggests Inefficiencies That Might Be Corrected Through More Administrative Spending”

Administrative costs have often been a focal point of health care cost discussions, even though the data are very clear that soaring medical costs – not health plans’ administrative costs – are driving health care cost growth. A new Health Affairs blog post looks at Medicare administrative costs in comparison to private insurers, finding that “…the large variation in Medicare costs suggests inefficiencies that might be corrected through more administrative spending.” Continue reading

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Ken Thorpe: Successful Medicare Advantage Approaches Can Be Used to Reform Medicare

A new paper by Ken Thorpe says that Medicare Advantage prevention and care coordination approaches can be used to reform original Medicare. Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Consumers Pay the Price of Provider Consolidation

A Bloomberg article looks at an issue we’ve written about before – how provider consolidation increases health care costs. Continue reading

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