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Archive for November, 2012

Thursday Reading

Outlook for Obamacare. No relationship between pharma spending and life expectancy. Too much and too little coverage. Effect of Dodd-Frank on farmers. Inflicting pain. Hospital Blackout. My favorite football player opens a yogurt shop.

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Cavalcade of Risk #170

Louise Norris at Colorado Health Insurance Insider presents an outstanding Cavalcade this week, titled “Risky Business”.  The Healthcare Economist leads off with a post on malaria in Greece.

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States to Determine Essential Health Benefits

As part of the Health Reform (a.k.a. Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act), States have to create health insurance exchanges for the individual and small group market. Can any plan join the exchange? The answer is no. Plans in the exchange must cover, at a minimum, meet certain essential health benefits (EHB). How do states […]

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On Parenting Children with Down Syndrome

All my friends had these children they thought were perfect, and then they’ve had to come to terms with their children’s limitations and problems. I had this baby everyone thought was a disaster, and my journey has been to find all the things that are amazing about her. A mother of a child with Down […]

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The Teeth of the Individual Mandate

…are not very strong.  Here are the penalties individuals will have to pay if they don’t have insurance: These penalties are not steep. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the cost of a single employer health insurance plan in 2012 was $5,615 and the cost of a family plan was $15,745. This means that in […]

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How will Obama’s Re-election Affect Veterans

The jobless rate for veterans is 6.3 percent, but for veterans who have served since 9/11, the jobless rate is 12.1 percent.  What does President Obama propose to do to help Veterans.  Bloomberg reports that: Obama said he will continue to support the Post-9/11 GI bill, which provides financial support for education to individuals who […]

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Are Electronic Health Records Cost Effective?

It depends on who you ask. In the private market without health insurance, the answer is maybe.  Do patients value the ability for physicians (and hospitals) to rapidly review their records more than it cost the physician to install them?  If so, then they would be cost-effective as physicians could cover their cost by charging […]

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Leading Health Blogs React to the Election

Joe Paduda of Managed Care has posted Elections have consequences – Health Wonk Review’s post-election edition at his Managed Care Matters blog.

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Using American Idol to Choose Kidney Transplant Recipients?

Don’t laugh.   De Grote Donorshow was a real show that aired in the Netherlands that used an American Idol-style public voting system to determine who should be a worthy receipt of a kidney (see a YouTube video).  Or was it? The program involved a supposedly terminally ill 37-year-old woman donating a kidney to one of […]

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Thursday Reading

What Kind of Physician Will You Be? $53 billion increase in uncompensated care costs? How to save lives. The John Bryant Error. Health Exchange and insurance premiums in California. Adult ADHD.

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