Health Affairs

When care turns costly, patients leave private Medicare

People are free to switch between traditional, public Medicare and private Medicare Advantage plans every year. Under normal circumstances that traffic is equal in either direction—that is, a new Brown University study ...

Oct 05, 2015
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Waiving Medicare's 3-day rule lessens hospital stay

For nearly 50 years Medicare has required patients to endure at least a three-day stint in the hospital before they become eligible for coverage of skilled nursing care afterward. A new study, however, finds that the main ...

Aug 03, 2015
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Some hospitals marking up prices more than 1,000 percent

The 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers' compensation insurers, more than 10 times ...

Jun 08, 2015
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Cutting health care costs isn't easy

Convincing the nation's most vulnerable citizens to avoid costly emergency department visits is proving harder than expected. A new study from the University of Iowa found improving access to affordable primary care reduced ...

Jul 07, 2015
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