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Archive for January, 2011

Global Health Corps

How can you help improve the quality of health care services for the poor around the world?  Are you interested in improving access to health care for those who currently do not have it?  Are you interested in working abroad?  If your answer to all these questions is yes, then the Global Health Corps could be an attractive […]

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State Adoption of Nursing Home Pay-for-Performance

On the importance of Nursing homes: “More than 1.5 million people reside in U.S. nursing homes at a cost of more than $120 billion per year (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2007). Medicaid is the majority payer of nursing home services, giving indigent people access to nursing home care by directly reimbursing facilities for the care of […]

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What is Egypt like?

Egypt has taken over the news as protests have spread throughout the country.  One of Cairo main squares (Midan Tahrir) is the focal point where protesters have been expressing their discontent with current president (and dictator) Hosni Mubarak. What is Egypt like?  Ironically, I just returned from a trip to Egypt less than a month […]

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Prison

Below are two excerpts from a series of articles in Wilson Quarterly on Prison reform: “With effective programs, we could reduce the number of repeat offenders by nearly 100,000.  We could do even better if these efforts were linked to improved services in teh community upon release.  Such efforts would pay for themselves by reducing […]

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History of the Medicare Economic Index (MEI)

The Medicare Economic Index (MEI) is a measure of practice cost inflation that was developed in 1975 as a way to estimate annual changes in physicians’ operating costs and earnings levels. Today, I review a timeline of how Medicare has paid physicians over time and also describe some adjustments CMS makes to the MEI to […]

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CoR #123

The 123rd edition of the Cavalcade of Risk is up at the Notwithstanding Blog.  This ‘high-yield’ edition contains posts on ACOs, FSAs, HSAs, PPACA, and other non-acronym related topics.  You can even find out what insurance not to buy and how  truck operators avoid crashing the top of their vehicle against a rapidly-approaching underpass.

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Physician Perspectives on Pay-for-Performance

Survey Results A 2004 poll of a sample of 400 randomly selected physicians found the following: 71% of physicians supported payments based on the quality of care they provide, over 60% of physicians thought that hospitals should also be paid based on the quality of care they provide, Almost 90% of physicians thought that the […]

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Tuesday Links

Is Health Reform’s individual mandate legal? NFL Playoffs: Not about the money. Liar? WSJ says drop the mandate. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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MedPAC’s 2011 Home Health Reform Recommendations

In 2009, 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries used home health.  In the past few years, the home health expenditure growth rate has outpaced Medicare spending in all other areas.  This finding is likely correlated with the 9.7% increase in the number of home health agencies between 2008 and 2009.  How should Medicare reform home health to […]

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Quotation of the Day: Defining Complexity

“The complexity of a particular system is the degree of difficulty in predicting the properties of the system if the properties of the system’s parts are given.” Warren Weaver, Scientist and Mathematician.

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