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  • Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015
    By Melanie Evans | Modern Healthcare
    Just how much success have hospitals had in their efforts to prevent patients from returning soon after leaving? Perhaps not as much as reported, two physicians argue at the blog for health policy journal Health Affairs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015
    By John Lauerman | Bloomberg Business
    Lower U.S. hospital readmission rates that have been touted as an Obamacare victory are due mostly to a billing gimmick that increases costs to patients, health-care researchers said.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015
    By Jeffrey Young | The Huffington Post
    WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015
    In lieu of adopting comprehensive health care financing that actually would improve value - a single payer system - our national leaders have elected to continue with our current dysfunctional system and try to make it work. One measure that has been introduced is the assessment of penalties for patients who are readmitted within 30 days of being discharged from a hospital - on the theory that the patients should be fully stabilized at discharge with followup arranged that would prevent the need for readmission.
  • Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    One of the major deficiencies in the Affordable Care Act is that undocumented residents were deliberately excluded from mandated coverage. It has been estimated that roughly one-third of the 30 million or so who will remain uninsured are these undocumented residents. Was Congress following the wishes of the people when they excluded these individuals from coverage? Not if you judge by the views of Californians: 58% support expanding Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented residents.
  • Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    During the markup process for the Affordable Care Act it was common to hear our legislators talk about patients demanding too much health care as an explanation for why our health care spending was so high. They blamed health plans that provided extra-rich benefits - plans they labeled Cadillac plans. The problem is that their premise was wrong.