April 5, 2019

Shifting Care from Office to Outpatient Settings: Services are Increasingly Performed in Outpatient Settings with Higher Prices – Health Care Cost Initiative, April 2, 2019

Where people receive health care matters, especially in terms of costs. The same services may have a much higher price tag when performed in one setting rather than another, but this price difference is rarely publicized to patients. To understand what settings people used and how prices differed, we looked at the utilization and average […]

March 26, 2019

Not All Medicare Cuts Are Bad – The New York Times, March 26, 2019

Democrats are engaged in indiscriminate attacks on President Trump’s 2020 budget proposal. They are ignoring some worthy ideas. Senate Democrats, including several of the party’s presidential candidates, have savaged President Trump for proposing to reduce Medicare spending by several hundred billion dollars over the next decade. Senator Kamala Harris of California said the proposed changes […]

March 21, 2019

Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform Asks Lawmakers to Expand Payment Parity Across Sites of Services

Site neutral payment policies lower out-of-pocket costs for patients, provide stability for the Medicare program and promote transparency in the healthcare marketplace WASHINGTON—The Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform hosted a Capitol Hill briefing today to underscore opportunities for expanding site neutral payment policy to address how Medicare patients are paying vastly different prices for […]

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March 15, 2019

Countering Provider Consolidation – Life Science Leader, March 15, 2019

As Congress debates partisan issues such as “Medicare for All” where private health insurance would be outlawed, troubling trends are emerging on healthcare provider consolidation that are driving up costs. ACOs’ Underwhelming Performance There is a long-standing belief — particularly in liberal and academic health-policy circles — that physician–hospital integration into larger systems would improve […]

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