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Geographic Variation in Drug Expenses

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Medicare’s Part D benefit covers most prescription drugs and has added significantly to the program’s cost, although not as much as originally projected. Now that the program has been in existence for a few years, researchers looked at whether the same geographic variation in spending exists for drugs as does for other Medicare services.

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2010 Potpourri XXII

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Another weekend bonanza of health care items, including health insurance premium increases, genetic testing, remote patient monitoring, eye drug coverage by Medicare, emergency room use under the reform law and paying people to take their medicine.

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ThomsonReuters on Saving Health Dollars

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It is an oft repeated claim that there are hundreds of billions of dollars of waste in the health system, which if limited or removed would greatly relieve financial pressure on public budgets, companies and individuals. A Thomson Reuters report gives its view on where the waste is and how it can prevented.

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2010 Potpourri XXI

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Another potpourri of health care items, including telemedicine, mergers and acquisitions, unnecessary medical care, Massachusetts struggle with health insurance rates and health costs, e-visits, and a different suggestion for reforming the system.

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Will Reform Act Slow Health Costs?

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Two federal budget experts examine CBO’s final analysis of the deficit effect of the health reform bill as passed and find that it is very likely that instead of a small amount of deficit reduction over the next decade, it will likely to add to an already desperate federal fiscal crisis.

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