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U.S. life expectancy lagging peers

From Wonk Blog: There is a positive trend in life expectancy in the U.S.  America’s relative ranking on life expectancy, however, is not among the lowest in the developed world.

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Has the cost curve bent?

The answer may be ‘yes’ according to recent figures from the CMS Office of the Actuary (OACT). For the fourth consecutive year, growth in health care spending remained low, increasing by 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion. At the same time, the share of the economy devoted to health fell slightly (from 17.3 percent to 17.2 percent) as […]

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The skewed Medicaid spending distribution

Many people claim Medicaid recipients are moochers, relying on the federal government.  Further, Medicaid costs states a lot of money.  Why don’t Medicaid programs just raise copays to reduce unnecessary use of medical care? The reason is that the vast majority of Medicaid beneficiaries don’t spend too much money.  Medicaid is expensive mostly due to […]

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Foreign-Educated Healthcare Workers

Many of the health care workers serving Americans were either born or educated abroad?  Where do they come from?  A paper by Chen et al. (2013) gives the answer. Top 5 countries for foreign educated physicians India: 20.4% Philippines: 8.1% Pakistan: 6.0% Mexico: 5.4% Dominican Republic: 3.2% Top 5 countries for foreign educated nurses (RNs) […]

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Geographic variation in Medicare and Medicaid spending

In some research I conducted with the Institute of Medicine, we found that there is little relationship between the geographic variation in Medicare and Medicaid spending.  Research by Todd Gilmer and Rick Kronick of UC-San Diego conduct their own research using Medicaid data from 2001-2005.  Like my own research, they find that a state’s per […]

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U.S. Health Care vs. The World

The GW School of Public Health put together an interesting summarizing how the U.S. compares to selected countries on population, GDP, health care spending, life expectancy, and various other metrics.  Check it out. Brought to you by: The George Washington University’s Online Masters in Public Health  

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Cancer Incidence and Deaths in Europe

Which cancers have the highest incidence rates in Europe?  Which ones cause the most deaths?  According to an article by Karim-Kos et al. (2008), here is the answer:

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Dartmouth Response to “Target Decision-makers, Not Geography” Report

The title of the Institute of Medicine’s recent report “Target Decision-makers, Not Geography” at first glance appears to be an indictment of the work of the Dartmouth Atlas, which largely claims that policymakers can reduce healthcare spending by targeting the highest spending geographic areas. A more detailed review shows that the empirical findings from IOM […]

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IOM Final Report: Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was charged with answering two questions: How do health care spending, utilization, and quality vary across geographic regions? Should Medicare provider payments be adjusted for regionally-based measures of value? Based on research conducted by Precision Health Economics, Acumen, and other research firms, IOM reached the following conclusions: Geographic variation in […]

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Healthcare spending growth projected to slow in 2014

For 2014, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a medical cost trend of 6.5%. This is a full percentage point lower than last year’s projection. What is driving this slowing growth rate? First is the increase in average deductibles. In-network deductibles have increased from $680 in 2009 to $1230 in 2013; out-of-network deductibles have increased […]

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