An Oxygen Tax

The UK  explored selling or leasing forest land to private interests, but encounter some public backlash. “The plans were intended to give the private sector, community and charitable groups greater involvement in woodlands by encouraging a “mixed model” of ownership. But critics argued it could threaten public access, biodiversity and result in forests being used…

Estimating the Effects of Consolidating Drugs under Part D or Part B

Currently, most Medicare beneficiaries are able to receive coverage for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. Some drugs, however, are still covered by Medicare Part B, which covers physician services. These drugs are generally those furnished incident to a physician’s service and are administered using durable medical equipment. To simplify coverage policy, Medicare is considering…

Value-Based Insurance Design

There have been a lot of “value-based” initatives in health care of late.  Value-based purchasing aims to reward high-quality providers with either higher reimbursement rates or periodic bonuses.  On the other hand, value-based insurance targets the patient side.  The value-based insurance scheme varies cost sharing depending on whether the drug, procedure, or treatment is considered…