The Current Trend in Long-Term Care Expenses
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The Current Trend in Long-Term Care Expenses

Long-term care is expensive. It makes sense that it’s expensive, as it cares for individuals who need assistance in daily living activities. But this population makes up 48 percent of the total spending while only 6 percent of the Medicaid population uses long-term care services, according to a 2007 Kaiser Family Foundation study. In this economically … Continue reading

Medicaid Managed Care for Costly Dual Eligibles
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Medicaid Managed Care for Costly Dual Eligibles

Medicaid and Medicare are government insurance programs developed to care for specific populations and the particular needs associated with that population. There are fundamental differences between the ways in which these programs are funded, the services they cover, and the people they serve. Medicare’s beneficiaries are elderly (65 or older) or disabled. It covers acute … Continue reading

Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture
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Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture

With 63 million enrollees, Medicaid provides coverage to low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and elderly individuals on Medicare who need assistance with cost sharing or services not covered under Medicare (dual eligibles).  In 2009, the Medicaid program dished out $346 billion on health care services, or $5492 per enrollee (obviously spending varies per person depending … Continue reading

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Accountable Care Organizations: Straying Further from A Free Market System

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are federal programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that incentivize health care providers to reduce costs and improve quality of care.  Theoretically, under the ACO model, physicians coordinate with hospitals to create a large organization that provides streamlined, coordinated care to patients.  The ACO model hopes to … Continue reading

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Electronic Medical Records: A Case for Innovation

This past Wednesday, October 3, The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) teamed with Doctors Helping Doctors to hold a conference discussing the current state of Health Information Technology (HIT) in America.  In conjunction with the meeting, BPC published results from their survey, which asked doctors about their preferences and needs of HIT.  The results suggest that … Continue reading