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Monday Links: Economists solve an age-old economics problem: toilet seat up or down? Is Sweden is more capitalist than the U.S.? Is $100 million proton beam radiation therapy technology worth the money? Anti-depressants reduce crime? Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust. He needs to review the many resources available at the Holocaust Education Resource Center‘s new website.…

The Baucus Plan

What is Max Baucus proposing in his inital health reform bill?  Most of the principles are based on the Senate Finance Committee 2009 white paper.  Below  Creation of a Health Insurance Exchange. Insurers participating in the exchange could would be precluded from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions. Expand Medicaid to all individuals below 133% of…

Links

Some links for you to enjoy over the weekend. The public plan will cost the same as private plans. How to get your economics article published?  Make it complicated. How much does your healthcare reform bill cost? Opening the Health Insurance Exchange to all. Measuring (healthcare) consumer confidence. President Obama promised to make it illegal for…

Medicare Reimbursement Information VIII

The Medicare Reimbursement series continues with a look at physician reimbursement in more detail. The source of this information is MedPAC’s Payment Basics. Physician Reimbursement Physicians payment is based on 3 factors: RVU, GPCI and the MEI conversion factor. Relative value units (RVUs) measure the relative costliness of three types of resources used to provide…

Medicare Reimbursement Information VII

The Medicare Reimbursement series continues with the big money payments: acute inpatient hospital care, long-term care facilities and critical access hospitals. The sources of this information is MedPAC’s Payment Basics. Hospital Acute Inpatient Services Payments made under the acute inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) totaled $105 billion and accounted for about 25 percent of Medicare…