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Health Care Spending and Hypertension: The Cost of High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is related to several major chronic diseases. Obesity and diabetes raise your chance of developing high blood pressure, which in turn makes you more likely to suffer from heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure also becomes more prevalent with age. Those factors make high blood pressure a topic of interest for Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare...

Medicare Hospital Payment: MedPAC Recommends One Percent Rate Increase for FY 2014

Hospitals face another year of tight Medicare reimbursement, with rates for FY 2014 falling farther behind cost increases and margins declining as a result.  Most hospitals already lose money on caring for Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Hospitals are entering a far more challenging new business environment under the Affordable Care Act, which will cut Medicare and Medicaid payments, cover...

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