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President Bush has joined the health reform debate with a proposal of his own. The Bush approach is as intriguing as it is controversial. First, the Administration seeks to reform the federal tax code to change the tax treatment of health insurance premiums and offer new tax deductions to help...
In health care, states serve as the nation's laboratories of reform - able to test innovations in financing, coverage, regulation, and care delivery. In 2007, states are leading the way on health insurance coverage expansion, leveraging a mix of policies including universal coverage, individual mandates, tax credits and Section...
In health policy, bad ideas never go away. Case in point is the proposal in California to require that health plans spend at least 85% of premium revenue on provider payments. Specifically, as part of his $12 billion Stay Healthy California package of reforms, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes to...
To aid the incoming 111th Congress and Obama Administration, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a 235-page report outlining 115 budget options for health care reform. The report catalogs most of the hottest legislative ideas on Capitol Hill, with useful background information and scores of costs and savings. Here's...
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has identified 20 key indicators that together "reflect the overall health of the nation and the efficiency and efficacy of U.S. health systems." Each of the 20 indicators can be readily measured over time using existing, publicly collected, reasonably high quality data. In addition to...
Here are articles from the latest issue of American Health & Drug Benefits. AHDB is a peer-reviewed journal for 30,000 decision makers in health plans, PBMs, Medicare, Medicaid, and the pharma and biotech industries: June - July 2009 Issue: Applying Evidence for Medical Technologies: Closing the Gap between R&D and Decision...
A series of new articles from the journal American Health and Drug Benefits address key issues in stroke prevention and management, with a special focus on transient ischemic attacks. A transient ischemic attack (TIA), a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes, can be a warning sign that...
Here are articles from the latest issue of American Health & Drug Benefits. AHDB is a peer-reviewed journal for 30,000 decision makers in health plans, PBMs, Medicare, Medicaid, and the pharma and biotech industries: Predictive and Prognostic Models: Implications for Healthcare Decision-Making in a Modern Recession: F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary (CMS/OACT) has released its projections of U.S. health care spending for the ten years 2010 through 2019, with premliminary estimates of 2009 health spending. The projections, released each year around this time, offer a fascinating, detailed look at...
Health Insurance Exchanges - either state-based exchanges favored by moderate Democrats and Republicans (reflected in Senate bill) or a national, federally-run exchange favored by liberal Democrats (version in the House bill) - are an essential component of national health reform. Bottom line, health insurance exchanges would provide a far more...

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