More trips to the ED but fewer are uninsured Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:43

Entitled Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Emergency Department Visits: Evidence From State-Level Emergency Department Databases and posted yesterday to the Annals of Emergency Medicine website, the authors examine the effect of Medicaid expansion on the ED. The authors found that states that expanded Medicaid experienced increased ED utilization. This is contrary to the outcomes expected by many proponents of the expansion effort. Many pundits predicted ED utilization would be reduced as covered individuals would seek care through PCPs, specialists and/or urgent care clinics rather than visit the ED. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:49
If Insurance Market Crashes, Can Lawmakers Put The Pieces Back Together? Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rovner | KHN   
Saturday, 10 June 2017 17:58

In his high-stakes strategy to overhaul the federal health law, President Donald Trump is threatening to upend the individual health insurance market with several key policies. But if the market actually breaks, could anyone put it back together again?

The question is more than theoretical. The Trump administration has already acted to depress enrollment in Affordable Care Act plans, has instructed the IRS to back off enforcement of the requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty and threatened to withhold billions of dollars owed to insurance companies. All of those actions make it more difficult for insurers to enroll the healthy people needed to offset the costs of the sick who make it a priority to have coverage.

The president himself has made his strategy clear in interviews and tweets. "The Democrats will make a deal with me on healthcare as soon as ObamaCare folds...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 10 June 2017 18:06
Solving the Healthcare Conundrum: Neither the capitalists nor the government offer much hope Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 June 2017 13:28
Entitled Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers (posted 6.1.17), Bloomberg authors John Lauerman and David Welch examine the situation at Community Health System (CHS), one of the nation's leading operators of general acute care hospitals. CHS is facing increasing criticism for prioritizing dept repayment over investments in facilities and quality initiatives.
Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs Secretary has issued a blunt assessment of care for veterans. In a 5.31.17 press briefing at the White House, VA Secretary David Shulkin ran through his agency's priorities for fixing its myriad challenges.
The article in Bloomberg clearly illustrates the dangers created by for-profit health systems while the VA Secretary's briefing plainly details the problems associated with government run health systems.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00
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