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Health Issues

Is Obamacare Responsible for a Spending Slowdown?

Has Obamacare slowed health care cost growth?...

Hospital Consolidation Has a Price

Hospital and physician practice consolidation can better coordinate care, but it also increases costs...

Spending Projections for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

$305 billion was spent on Medicaid this year, a figure that will skyrocket to $570 billion in 2024...

Obamacare Numbers Don't Spell Success

While insurance coverage increased from 2013 to 2014, so did costs...

Enrollees Have Difficulty Accessing Care under Medicaid

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services details problems in health care access within Medicaid...

Obamacare Encourages Consolidation, Discourages Independent Medical Practices

In 2008, 62 percent of American physicians were "independent," meaning they had their own practices and were not employed by hospitals. Today, just 35 percent of American doctors are independent...

Why Freezing Medicaid Enrollment Works

Many states are finding that the Medicaid rolls are larger -- and more expensive -- than expected...

Another Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare

Among the many lawsuits challenging Obamacare is Coons v. Lew, a case contending the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) -- a creation of the Affordable Care Act -- is unconstitutional...

Medicare Needs Anti-Fraud Tools

A new government report reveals that pharmacies have filled HIV prescriptions for deceased beneficiaries...

Medicare Can't Fight Drug Fraud, but a New Bill Would Change That

In 2012, 158 deceased Medicare beneficiaries filled 348 HIV drug prescriptions -- after they were already dead...


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