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Medicaid: What is Driving Spending Growth?

From 2000 to 2003, a sharp rise in enrollment during the economic downturn triggered Medicaid budgets to increase by a third - an average annual increase of 10.2 percent. A new analysis in Health Affairs found that during this four-year period: ● In per capita terms, average annual Medicaid costs for acute care services grew by 6.9 percent, compared to...

Physician Income: Are Rural Docs Better Paid?

Adjusted for cost-of-living differences, rural physicians have 13 percent more purchasing power than urban physicians. And while there are fewer physicians per capita in rural areas, the overall urban-rural disparity is likely due to an over supply of physicians (particularly specialists) in urban areas. So says a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change, a respected nonpartisan...

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Final Rule Governing New Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the final rule governing the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. To help folks understand the 1,162-page final rule, CMS created a variety of fact sheets, timelines, and other background materials to help stakeholders understand the extraordinarily complex drug benefit: ● Overview of the new rule, with helpful descriptions of key aspects...

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