Health Reform
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Are There Differences in Medicare Spending Across States?

JasonShafrin - March 30, 2011

Research by the Dartmouth Atlas team has indicated that Medicare spending is concentrated regionally. States such as Florida spend much more per beneficiary than do doctors who…

Business
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What are QIOs?

JasonShafrin - March 29, 2011

According to the CMS website, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) are private, mostly not-for-profit organizations, which are staffed by professionals, mostly doctors and other health care professionals, who…

Health Reform
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Will There Be Enough PCPs To Treat New Medicaid Patients?

JasonShafrin - March 28, 2011

One of the key components of health reform is expanding Medicaid eligibility to more individuals. My comments on the Health Reform provisions were expanded Medicaid coverage was…

Technology
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Health Care Research Awards

JasonShafrin - March 24, 2011

The National National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) recently selected its five finalists for their Annual Health Care Research Award. These studies include the following: Amitabh…

Global Healthcare
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Disaster Management

JasonShafrin - March 24, 2011

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados are some of the most devastating events any city can endure. These disasters compromise the health of many residents…

Business
572 views

Medicare Advantage Premiums

JasonShafrin - March 21, 2011

In 2010, one quarter of Medicare beneficiaries chose capitated plans through the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. According to MedPAC, “[MA] coverage must include all Medicare Part A…

Healthcare Maps from RAC
Business
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Business
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Healthcare Maps from RAC

JasonShafrin - March 17, 2011

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) works with the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) to create a variety of access to care maps. For some…

eHealth
573 views

Selecting Medicare Cohorts

JasonShafrin - March 16, 2011

Medicare administrative data provides a rich source to conduct health services research. Researchers who wish to use this data, however, often have to restrict their sample population…

Global Healthcare
545 views

Japan’s Nuclear Fallout: The Health Impact

JasonShafrin - March 15, 2011

The before-and-after pictures of the tsunami in Japan are heart-wrenching. And things look to be getting worse. From the New York Times: “With hydrogen gas bubbling up…

Business
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Alternative Quality Contract

JasonShafrin - March 14, 2011

“In January 2009 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched a new provider payment system called the Alternative Quality Contract that exemplifies the type of experimentation with…