Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

A Decade of Success: How Competition Drives Savings in Medicare Part D

To date, Medicare Part D expenditures have been more than 40 percent lower than initial government estimates -- a rarity for a government health care program...

Hospital Audits and the "Two Midnight" Rule

Hospitals insist that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Two Midnight" rule on who qualifies for in-patient status creates incentives to discharge patients after midnight instead of when it is appropriate...

ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning

In order to keep prices low, insurance companies are offering very restrictive health plans that give patients access only to certain doctors and hospitals...

The End of ObamaCare: Just the Beginning of Better Health Care

The goal of more generous support of health care access for low-income and other vulnerable Americans in the non-elderly population still must recognize federal and state budget constraints, set realistic priorities and hit sustainable targets...

An Overview of Medicaid

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, annual Medicaid expenditures are expected to increase by $500 billion between 2012 and 2021 -- a 108 percent increase...

Health Care's Third-Party Spending Trap

Health insurance is important, but using it for routine, predicable care rather than unforeseen and catastrophic occurrences is nothing more than prepaid health care, which drives up prices for everybody in the system...

Utah May Substitute Private Insurance for Medicaid Expansion

Utah is considering giving low-income residents the option to buy private insurance rather than expand Medicaid...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approval Process Is Too Slow

Without the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, companies would still be driven by their profit motives not to market unsafe drugs to the public...

British Hospital Blunders: 40 Patients Given Surgery on Wrong Limb

Over the last six months, there have been 37 cases of patients under the care of Britain's National Health Service who received surgery on the wrong part of their body; 21 patients received the wrong implant or prosthesis...

Keeping Patients in Dedicated Observation Units Could Save Millions

Caring for patients in dedicated observation units with clear and defined protocols could save $950 million nationally, every year...


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