Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Archive for August, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Reading

Private-market tooth fairy? Concussions in Army Training. Life insurance for astronauts. Does direct-to-consumer advertising work? Does living close to a McDonald’s make you fat? Breastfeeding and obesity? Medicaid drops dental.

Read the rest of this entry »

Status of Health Insurance Exchanges in Your State

Which states have implemented the Health Insurance Exchanges included in the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Health Reform, a.k.a. ObamaCare)? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 16 States have already established a state exchange, 3 are planning for Partnership Exchange, 16 are Studying Options and 9 have had no significant activity on this front.  Most strikingly, […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Do NOT call 911 in California

…unless you call from a land line.  If you call from your cell phone, you may be in for a busy signal or wait times of 20 minutes or more.  Why is this?  Emergency Management explains: In California, all cellular 911 calls were initially routed to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), on the theory that […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Does a robust economy improve your grandmother’s longevity?

A number of studies have found that economic growth (in the short-run) has adverse affects on individual’s health and economic downturns actually cause health improvements.  During an economic downturn, individuals work less, sleep more and reduce their alcohol and cigarette usage; all these actions have a salutatory effects on health. For working adults, recessions decreased […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Outlook for Non-Profit Healthcare Firms…

…is poor according to Moody’s. “By limiting the expansion of insurance coverage, the ruling blunts the impact of one of the law’s few credit positive features. Uncertainty regarding which states will and will not participate in the Medicaid expansion adds to the political gridlock regarding healthcare reform, making it increasingly difficult for hospitals to perform […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Links

Healthcare spending infographic. Do you know where your patients are going? Econ Blog Survey. Nursing Home Inspect. Landfills around the world. Benson.

Read the rest of this entry »

Cavalcade of Risk #164

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk examines Investment Risk, On-the-job Risk, Measurement Risk, Liability Risk, Risk of Inadequate Coverage, Risk of Working With Different Personalities and more. Check it out at Risk Management Monitor.

Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Priceless

I recently read a very interesting book by John Goodman titled “Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis“. Whereas President Obama’s Health Reform plan focuses on increasing access to medical services by expanding the government’s role in the medical marketplace, Goodman advocates reducing regulation and adding flexibility to the health insurance and medical markets. The book is […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Rationing comes to Massachusetts

Massachusetts legislature passed a first-in-the-nation bill limits the growth of health care costs in the state. “The bill would not allow spending on health care to grow any faster than the state’s economy through 2017. For five years after that, any rise in health care costs would need to be half a percentage point lower […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Aetna bets on Obamacare

Today, Aetna, the third-largest U.S. health plan, agreed to buy Coventry Health Care for $5.6 billion.  Aetna paid a 20 percent premium for Coventry.  Why is Coventry such an attractive target? The answer is that President Obama’s Health Reform will greatly expand the number of people eligilbe for Medicaid.  Since many states are moving towards […]

Read the rest of this entry »