Home Health
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Can Home Health Care Reduce Cost?

JasonShafrin - May 20, 2011

At one point, the answer may have been yes.  But today… At one point, the answer may have been yes.  But today… “Although the initial impetus for…

Business
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Does WellPoint Care About Quality…or Reducing Cost?

JasonShafrin - May 19, 2011

One large insurer is planning to begin paying hospitals based on quality. “WellPoint is replacing the system it uses to help offset rising medical and other costs…

Business
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OB-GYN vs. Cosmetic-Gyn

JasonShafrin - May 16, 2011

Why don’t more doctors choose primary care?  Here’s why doctors are choosing to specialize in vaginal cosmetic procedures rather than more general OB-GYN: Why don’t more doctors…

Business
188 views

Reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse by Prosecuting Health Care Executives

JasonShafrin - May 13, 2011

Many politicians claim that there is much fraud waste and abuse in the Medicare system. Would prosecuting executives accused of wrong-doing decrease the amount of fraud in…

Business
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Medical Societies and Industry Sponsorships

JasonShafrin - May 12, 2011

Maybe money can’t buy you love…but can it buy you influence over physician treatment choices? That’s what many pharmaceutical and medical device firms are betting on. Maybe…

Health Reform
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State Health Reform in California

JasonShafrin - May 9, 2011

Health Reform made a number of changes for State’s health care policies. But states themselves have also been enacting legislation to alter health care payment policies and…

Policy & Law
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Do Medicare Patients Have Longer Waits to See Doctors?

JasonShafrin - May 5, 2011

…and three other questions about physician care. …and three other questions about physician care. Do Medicare patients have shorter waiting times than those with commercial insurance? In…

Home Health
238 views

Cash and Counselling

JasonShafrin - April 28, 2011

Many economists claim that insurance that gives  sick people cash to pay for their medical treatments is more efficient than insurance that provides in-kind medical services directly.…

Trends in Medicare Part D
Policy & Law
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Policy & Law
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Trends in Medicare Part D

JasonShafrin - April 25, 2011

Recent research from Avalere Health, LLC using Medicare Part D reveals some interesting trends.  Overall, premiums for fee-for-service prescription drug plans (PDPs) increased by 3%.  For beneficiaries…

Health Reform
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Employer-Sponsored Insurance after Health Reform

JasonShafrin - April 21, 2011

Much of health reform’s efforts has been focused on expanding coverage to those without employer-sponsored insurance (ESI).  For instance, the ACA mandated expanded Medicaid eligibility and the…