Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

Are There “Missing” Cancer Drugs?

Long clinical trials may skew the research agenda for drug companies...

Do Consumer-Directed Health Plans Bend the Cost Curve Over Time?

A study found firms that offered consumer-directed health plans reduced healthcare spending...

The 50-Year Old Medicare Program is Showing Its Age

The Medicare program has undoubtedly grown well beyond what Congress imagined in 1965...

As Pharmacists Push For a Bigger Role in Healthcare, Doctors Flinch

Pharmacists are gaining more responsibility for better or for worse...

Regulating Genomic Research: Top-Down Or Bottom-Up?

New study gives Congress recommendations to bolster genomic sequencing usage...

Observations on 18 Undercover Tests of Enrollment Controls for Health-Care Coverage and Consumer Subsidies Provided under the Act

In a GAO undercover test, the Affordable Care Act's Marketplace approved 11 of 12 fictitious applicants...

Additional Actions Needed to Improve Eligibility Verification of Providers and Suppliers

Medicare is a high-risk program for improper payments, according to the GAO's testimony to Congress...

Government Watchdog: Billions in Funding for Obamacare’s Exchanges Not Tracked Well, Many Functions Remain Incomplete

Many of the state-run exchanges funded under the Affordable Care Act still aren't working properly...

Pregnant Women Get More Ultrasounds, Without Clear Medical Need

Medical experts are now warning that frequent ultra-sound scans in low-risk pregnancies aren't medically justified...

Does Health Insurance Encourage or Crowd Out Beneficial Nonmedical Care?

Health insurance with drug coverage reduces the probability of exercising in diabetics...


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