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United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

Widely cited article by President Obama which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association discussing the progress of health care reform and specifically the improvements made by the Affordable Care Act in reducing the uninsured rate by 43% from 2010 to 2015.  From the White House and JAMA


Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2016 Annual Reports

A summary of the two reports on the current and projected financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  From the Social Security Administration


The 2016 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Estimates that the trust funds for the Hospital Insurance program will be depleted by 2028, two years earlier than last year’s prediction.  Trust funds for Parts B and D of the program are adequately financed over the next 10 years and beyond because premiums are reset each year to cover expected costs.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2013

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

The mean expense per U.S. hospital stay in 2012 was over $18,000.  This report describes the distribution of costs by expected primary payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


State Variation in Health Care Service Utilization: United States, 2014

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

Examines the prevalence of two health care utilization measures—percentage of adults without a usual place of medical care, and percentage of adults who did not have a general doctor–by state.  Also examines state differences by Medicaid expansion status and state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Mapping Medicare Disparities

Categories: Health/Medical,Maps/Geography,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

A new mapping tool which identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race, ethnicity, and geographic area for Medicare beneficiaries. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


CMS Proposes to Test New Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Models to Improve Quality of Care and Deliver Better Value for Medicare Beneficiaries

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

Describes proposed rule that would alter reimbursement methods for drugs administered in physician offices. Proposes to try different methods in different regions of country to encourage use of high quality but less costly drugs. Includes links to Federal Register and factsheet with more information. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Budget and Economic Data

Categories: Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

New site which features budget, economic, revenue, and spending projections; historical budget data, 10-year trust fund projections, and more. From the Congressional Budget Office


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