Tag Archives: health policy

Obamacare 2.0—Better than Version 1.0?

Paige Rentz, an excellent reporter at the Fayetteville Observer, recently posted a question and answer piece, exploring some of the pressing issues facing the second round of insurance enrollment, on the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. I suggest you look at … Continue reading

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Is the Nutritional Supplement Industry Feeding You Bull Balls for Breakfast?

My patient had been feeling unusually irritable lately.  Nothing had changed in his home or work life to bring on such a shift in mood.  He wasn’t taking any medicines that could cause such symptoms either, being a strappingly healthy … Continue reading

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Obamacare Hasn't Scared Away Insurers

Interesting picture on the Vox website from Sarah Kliff, showing an increase in the number of health insurance companies planning to compete on the exchanges next year: So much for the rumors that Obamacare will quickly kill the health insurance … Continue reading

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Obamacare Chipping Away at Uninsured Numbers

With all the hype and controversy over Obamacare, once in a while it’s nice to look at the facts. And here are recent numbers – on the percent of Americans who lack health insurance, a figure that has dropped significantly … Continue reading

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Are Bundled Payments the Future of US Healthcare?

I spoke recently with a reporter from the USA Today, who ended up writing a nice article on bundled payments in healthcare. I promise to return to this topic on future posts. But for now, let me whet your appetite … Continue reading

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Has the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Already Reached Its Peak?

The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility this year in those states which decided to follow its provisions. That means lots of people are now newly eligible for Medicaid. However, the number of people signing up for Medicaid in the … Continue reading

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What Grilled Cheese Jesus Has to Do with Randomized Trials of Healthcare Interventions

I was recently interviewed on NPR’s marketplace by Dan Gorenstein. He did a really nice story on the kind of bravery it takes for health care opinion leaders to put their ideas to the test of a randomized trial, when … Continue reading

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Orthopedic Surgeons Get "F" Grade On Knowing Cost Of The Devices They Implant

A new study asks Orthopedic surgeons to guess the price of the devices they implant – “the amount your institution currently pays the vendor for the implant.” Despite a lenient grading system, in which the researchers counted as correct any … Continue reading

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Is Medicare Being Too Generous To Rural Healthcare Providers?

  If you live in the rural U.S., you probably face relatively limited access to the wonders of American healthcare.  There won’t be as many physicians per capita offering you their services.  This paucity of healthcare professionals will be especially … Continue reading

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Medicaid Expansion/Lack of Expansion Plans: In A Map

For anyone interested in health policy, Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post has perhaps the most useful and informative blog to be found. Here’s a picture she posted recently, showing the status of state Medicaid programs, in a post exploring which … Continue reading

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