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Archive for October, 2013

Obamacare Overview

Known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a long, confusing law  But if you are an avid reader of the Healthcare Economist, you don’t have to be confused. For your reference I have created an Obamacare Overview page that summarizes the most important ACA provisions.

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The Obesity Paradox: Do overweight people live longer?

According to a study by Flegal and co-authors, the answer is yes.  The study conducts a systematic review and meta-analysis and finds found that individuals who are overweight live longer than those who are healthy weighted.  On the other hand, severely obese individuals live less.  The hazard ratios (i.e., probability of death in period t […]

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Friday Links

Are space station astronauts furloughed? Will Obamacare visits crowd out Medicare visits? Battling messages on Obamacare. Midwifery vs. Conventional Care Using social media to detect insurance fraud. How much should we pay college athletes? The uninsured physician.

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Why doctors don’t see Medicaid patients

According to a recent Health Affairs article, the primary (but not only) reason is reimbursement rates: Consistent with the results of prior research,8–11 physicians in the focus groups cited low Medicaid reimbursement rates as a serious problem that limited their willingness to care for Medicaid patients… Administrative data from 2010 show that the Medicaid-to-Medicare ratio […]

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CoR is up

Dennis Wall of Insurance Claims and Issues presents a unique take on the Cav, highlighting posts about the risks of being un- or under-employed

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Will the ACA cause employers to drop health insurance coverage?

As describe in this recent Health Affairs article, as of 2011, your likelihood of being offered health insurance looked like this:   Courtesy of Health Affairs. How will the ACA affect the share of individuals who receive coverage (and what type of insurance coverage they receive). This table describes some of the consequences.   Courtesy […]

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Health Insurance Exchanges: Day One

The start of health insurance exchanges, the most important provision of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) began allowing individuals to enroll today.  The start was somewhat inauspicious.  The start of “Obamacare” coincides with a federal government shutdown.  Additionally, some exchanges websites, including healthcare.gov, were not operational due to user volume. Nevertheless, today is a […]

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