Wacky Maladies in Our New Medical Billing Codes

Praised by some for its disease classification detail, others believe ICD-10 will create massive transaction costs for healthcare providers.

The Problem With Priceless Medical Care

Currently tough to find, rational hospital prices would help hospitals control cost, eliminate price discrimination. improve efficiency and care.

A Surprising Connection Between Tennessee and the Affordable Care Act

There is probably a tradeoff between health insurance and the demand for jobs. During 2005 in Tennessee, the demand for jobs increased when 170,000 people lost their Medicaid health insurance coverage. Researchers call that jobs/health insurance tie, the “employment lock.” Looking at…

Election Economics: How Successful is the US Healthcare System?

It might be tough to use statistics to judge US health care. Among OECD countries (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), from 1980 to 1999, for life expectancy, the US ranked #19 and Canada was #5. However, the order flips–US…

Hedging Health Risks, Hedgehog Style

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Oppressive fluorescent lights, the antiseptic squeak of rubber soles on linoleum, and the omnipresent pulse of machines envelop you at the hospital. You’re anxiously awaiting the results of surgery on your beloved family member. Her…

Health Insurance Dilemmas

Assume for a moment that you are slim, love broccoli and run 4 miles each day. Should your health insurance premium be lower than the amount paid by someone with an unhealthy lifestyle? Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Safeway say, “Yes.” One…

Tiny Taxes…Big Results

Journalists discussing the D.C. bag tax think they are on to something. 1.The small tax has a better chance of being passed. Seattle refused to accept a $.20 bag tax. D.C. said $.05 was okay. 2. Because of the tax,…