Category Archives: health care

Despite expanded coverage, hospitals may see more bad debt – Nashville Business Journal

I definitely don’t want to harsh on anyone’s mellow about Obamacare, but this is the part that worries me:  the bad debt that hospitals are going to take on.  This issue is going to have to be reconciled somehow.

Despite expanded coverage, hospitals may see more bad debt – Nashville Business Journal.

Nearly half million apply for U.S. health insurance despite flaws: officials – chicagotribune.com

Moving in the right direction, slowly but surely.

Nearly half million apply for U.S. health insurance despite flaws: officials – chicagotribune.com.

Aon Hewitt Research Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plans Continue to Grow in Popularity – WSJ.com

Well this definitely puts a positive spin on HDHP’s.  It’s hard to argue with high consumer satisfaction ratings.

Aon Hewitt Research Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plans Continue to Grow in Popularity – WSJ.com.

Lacking Rules, Insurers Balk at Paying for Intensive Psychiatric Care – NYTimes.com

Oh boy, right up my alley!

Lacking Rules, Insurers Balk at Paying for Intensive Psychiatric Care – NYTimes.com.

The ACA and High-Deductible Insurance — Strategies for Sharpening a Blunt Instrument — NEJM

New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to High-Deductible health plans and how they impact care.

The ACA and High-Deductible Insurance — Strategies for Sharpening a Blunt Instrument — NEJM.

6 Good and Bad Reasons Health Care Costs May Slow | The Fiscal Times

Good analysis here…

6 Good and Bad Reasons Health Care Costs May Slow | The Fiscal Times.

Obamacare a boon for women

And in the good news department…

 

Obamacare a boon for women.

YOUR MONEY-Bargain-hunting may lead to fewer health insurance choices | Reuters

I have heard many predictions about what health care reform will bring.  This one suggests that high end plans may be driven out of the market.

YOUR MONEY-Bargain-hunting may lead to fewer health insurance choices | Reuters.

The Perils of Out-of-Pocket Health Costs – WSJ.com

The good news:  once Obamacare kicks in, out of pocket health costs will be capped at about 6 K for individuals and 12 K for families.  The bad news:  you could still end up in bankrupcty if you don’t have that kind of money.  But I believe most hospitals and health care providers can put you on an extended payment plan.

The Perils of Out-of-Pocket Health Costs – WSJ.com.

The Insane World of Health Care Pricing

The money-shot quote from this article:

Francois de Brantes, executive director at the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, said high-deductible plans are exerting a Trojan horse effect, “awakening the general public and individual plan members to the absolutely insane way in which health care prices are being set today and in which health care services are being paid for today.”

via The Pulse on Health Care Pricing | 2013-09-15 | Workforce.com.

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