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Generic Drugs Under Medicare: Part D Generic Drug Prices Declined Overall, but Some Had Extraordinary Price Increases

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679022.pdf

Describes how generic drug prices under Medicare have changed over time, the extent to which generic drugs experienced extraordinary price increases and how that affected benefit design, and the factors identified as contributors to price changes.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Release of New Scorecard Data

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-release-new-scorecard-data

Press release on the status of the College Scorecard, first released last year to provide information about cost, debt, completion rates, and post-college earnings of graduates for each college and university.  Adds 1700 data points for 7,000 institutions, including 2014-15 graduation rates, and earnings information from the 2013 tax year.  From the Education Department

 

Private Health Insurance: In Most States and New Exchanges, Enrollees Continued to be Concentrated Among Few Issuers in 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679500.pdf

Concerns have been raised about the degree of concentration in the health insurance marketplace leading to fewer choices and higher premiums.  The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide more choices.  This study looks at concentration in the health insurance exchanges from 2011 through 2014 and changes in issuer participation in each state from 2013 to 2014.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Geographic Variation in Hospital Inpatient List Prices in the United States, 2013

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

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb209-Geographic-Variation-Hospital-Inpatient-Prices.pdf

Compares geographic differences in hospital chargemaster prices and how prices vary based on insurance negotiations and area wage indexes.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Household Healthcare Spending in 2014

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-5/household-healthcare-spending-in-2014.htm

Examines household spending on healthcare and its components.  First examines the relationship between healthcare spending and household income and then the relationship between healthcare spending and the age of the reference person.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Consumer Expenditures, 2015

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cesan_08302016.pdf

Annual statistical report on expenditures shows that the average expenditure per consumer unit was $55,978, a 4.6% increase from 2014.  All major components of household spending increased in 2015 with sharpest rises in insurance and education spending.   From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

2016-17 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD2482016/$file/RD248.pdf

Reports that tuition and required fees at Virginia’s public institutions of higher education will increase by an average of 4.6% for fall 2016.  The average increase for in-state students is 2.9%.  Also provides a summary of four items: board-approved tuition and fee increases for 2016-17, tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, the cost-sharing relationship between the state and students, and national tuition trends.  Includes tables showing charges and fees by school.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

 

What Drives Petroleum Product Prices?

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.eia.gov/finance/markets/products/

Provides graphs that show factors affecting petroleum product prices on a monthly or quarterly basis.  Corresponding tab shows what affects crude oil prices.  From the Energy Information Adminstration

 

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