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Volume 6, Number 11
July 10, 2009


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From 2000 to 2007, Medicare paid 478,500 claims containing identification numbers that were assigned to deceased physicians. The total amount paid for these claims is estimated to be between $60 million and $92 million.
Source: Harvard Kennedy School of Government

In the Spotlight

Limited Choices
Can you get what you need in a government-run health-insurance market?

Regina E. Herzlinger, National Review Online, 7-9-09

Virtually all current health-care-reform plans feature a monopoly health-insurance store, operated by federal or state governments, for those who lack employer- or government-sponsored insurance and want to qualify for government subsidies. Advocates claim these monopoly markets will control costs through their purchasing power and enhance price competition by simplifying comparison shopping. When insurers are forced to compete on price, they will prod health-service providers for increased efficiency.
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News

· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

More Headlines >>


Commentary

· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


Research

· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

More Research>>



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SPOTLIGHT

Limited Choices

Analysis and News on the Healthcare Reform Debate

NEWS
Better breast cancer drug in sight for Genentech, Boston Globe, 10-11-10
How Republicans could block healthcare reform, Reuters, 10-6-10
COMMENTARY
Obamacare will fail without tort reform: Malpractice insurance costs are crippling medicine, Dr. Michael Lavyne, NY Daily News, 11-19-10
The Obamacare Follies, Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard, 10-11-10
RESEARCH
Comparative Effectiveness Research, Health Affairs, 10-7-10
Rare Diseases and Orphan Products: Accelerating Research and Development, Institute of Medicine, October 2010

MORE ON HEALTH CARE POLICY >>


INNOVATIVE IDEAS:
Podcast Series

Gail Wilensky, an economist and a senior fellow at Project HOPE, talks to Paul Howard, director of the Center for Medical Progress, about arguments that the President and members of Congress have made arguing for a public insurance plan to compete with private insurers and what other models are available to improve choice and competition in health insurance markets.

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