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Health Care Transparency: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Information,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666572.pdf

As health care costs rise, consumers need more information about cost and quality of service.  This report examines the health care cost/quality information currently available from tools sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the characteristics of effective tools, and current federal efforts to improve the tools.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Medicare’s Payment to Physicians: The Budgetary Effects of Alternative Policies …

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49770-SGR-Menu.pdf

Chart which shows the cost in billions of  dollars over the period 2015 to 2024 of different policy implementations for Medicare payments to physicians.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Expenditures for Mental Health Among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health,Statistics

http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st454/stat454.pdf

Mental health spending for an annual average of 27.5 million adults with disorders totaled $48 billion annually in the 2009-2011 period.  Also provides statistics on what the money was spent on and the primary payer.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2012

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb181-Hospital-Costs-United-States-2012.pdf

Covers the distribution of hospital inpatient costs in 2012 by expected primary payer and type of hospital stay, the growth in mean hospital costs between 2003 and 2012 by type of stay, patient age, and primary payer, and the components of cost growth.   From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Characteristics of Medicaid and Uninsured Hospitalizations, 2012

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb182-Medicaid-Uninsured-Hospitalizations-2012.pdf

Reports that Medicaid was the primary insurance payer for 20.9% of inpatient hospital stays in the U.S. in 2012.  Provides statistics on characteristics of hospital stays paid by Medicaid, by private insurance, and those that were uninsured. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

How Initiatives to Reduce Fraud in Federal Health Care Programs Affect the Budget

Categories: Children,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49460-ProgramIntegrity.pdf

Describes how federal budget experts estimate the budgetary effects of legislative proposals to reduce fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

2015 Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles to Remain the Same as Last Two Years

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/10/20141009a.html

Agency press release which announces prices for Medicare Part B physicians’ services for 2015 which are set at $104.90 for those with income equal or less than $85,000.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Noncitizen Eligibility for Federal Public Assistance: Policy Overview and Trends

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Medicare/Medicaid,Welfare/Social Services

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33809.pdf?

Examines the degree to which residents of the U.S. who are not citizens are eligible for assistance from the four major federal means-tested benefit programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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