About 450,000 frail, elderly “dual eligibles” – those who had health benefits under both Medi-Cal and Medicare – are being moved into a managed care pilot program, as outlined in a study by HOME Project director Kathryn Kietzman. But a story in New American Media says many in the program are struggling with … [ Read full post ]
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Hospital administrative costs in the U.S. account for 25.3 percent of total hospital costs, compared to 15.5 percent in England’s single-payer health care system, according to a study cited by WBUR-Boston.
Medicaid enrollees use emergency departments (ED) more than privately insured and uninsured patients, and the use accounts for 4 percent of all Medicaid spending, according study results published in a Medscape Medical News story.
The findings by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) also say that 10 percent of visits by adult, … [ Read full post ]
The “ideal” long-term care program for older and disabled adult Californians would be a universal system that everyone paid into and could use regardless of income level “just like we do with Social Security or homeowners’ insurance,” said Steven Wallace, associate director of the Center, at a state Senate select committee hearing in … [ Read full post ]
Nearly half of Americans said that “much higher” price increases would be “a major problem” during upcoming health exchange enrollment, according to a bankrate.com survey. The Center’s Dylan Roby said increases should level out to 6 to 8 percent over time, far below the annual increases of 20 to 25 percent that were common … [ Read full post ]