CoR + More

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk has been posted on Christian Personal Finance. Plus here are my own mid-week must-read links: Americans give U.S. Health Care Low Grades. Do report cards hurt bad surgeons more than they help good ones? Blocks grants vs. matching funds. End health care tax deductibility. Medicare and adverse…

Upcoding

Would Congressman Ryan’s proposal solve this problem? Medicare Part B pays outpatient physicians according to the billed Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, which differ in procedure and intensity….Using nationally representative data from the 2001 to 2003 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, this paper…finds strong evidence that these fee differentials influence physician’s coding choice for billing purposes…

Much Ado about Nothing

The government will shut down…the government won’t shut down…Compromise!  Finally, the Federal government has came to a compromise to reduce our swelling national debt.  Or have they?  The chart below shows that cutting the deficit has a lot about rhetoric and little about substance. Congress did save $78.5 billion in their latest agreement. Since the…

The Purple Health Plan

The Purple Health Plan is supposed to be a “moderate” plan for health reform–purple is after all a mix of red and blue.  The plan is endorsed by five Nobel laureates.  So what is the Purple Health Plan? Key provisions of the plan include the following: All Americans receive a voucher each year to purchase a…