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As 'Super Committee' Ponders Medicare Cuts, Actuaries Weigh In
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Medicare has been on the express train to insolvency for years. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, now mulling a number of budget-slashing proposals, could accelerate the ride, affecting Medicare costs and access to quality care for beneficiaries. The solution, says the American Academy of Actuaries, lies in slowing the growth in overall healthcare spending. [Read More]
  September 14, 2011

Editor's Picks
U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured
While the year-over-year rise in the number of uninsured Americans is slight, the growing number reflects a continued decline in the availability of employer-sponsored health insurance, says one policy analyst. [Read More]
CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising
The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedures has been rising, researchers say. [Read More]
Appeals Court Tosses VA Challenges to Health Reform Law
A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and rejected Virginia's challenge to the federal healthcare reform law, ruling that the state lacked the standing to proceed with the suit. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
Norton, Humana Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings
In a pilot, the partners have begun to track improvement along several initiatives, including a joint replacement accountability study that has seen a 7.3% reduction in direct variable cost, a 6.7% reduction in length of stay, and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmissions. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
Highmark softens low-income plan?s price hike, September 14, 2011

Telemonitoring saves money when combined with traditional care
InformationWeek, September 14, 2011

Hospital workers outspend others on medical care
Reuters, September 13, 2011

CMS Compromise Gives Parkland Reprieve
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

Weight-loss programs might save Medicare billions
Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2011

Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate
HealthLeaders Media Staff, September 8, 2011

12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011

Healthcare costs rose while insurance coverage fell, studies show
McClatchy News Service, September 8, 2011

Doctor fees major factor in health costs, study says
The New York Times, September 8, 2011

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