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Health Care Prices

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A new survey of prices for common health care services in developed countries shows once again that unit prices in the United States are much higher than in other countries. Another report shows that there is significant variability in prices within the US as well.

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MedPAC on Retainer Medicine

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Retainer-based medicine, in which patients pay physicians a flat periodic fee to cover a package of basic medical services, often referred to as a “concierge” practice, is reviewed in a MedPac report, to ascertain if has or might have a deleterious effect on access or costs for Medicare patients.

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Turkey of a Potpourri

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There you are, relaxing on a holiday and holiday weekend and for some reason you feel compelled to browse the internet and come across our Thanksgiving potpourri, hopefully not a turkey, but stuffed with edible data, including HHS’ final rule on MLRs; the AMAs survey on prior authorization; principles for ACOs, how to use research studies, Humana’s acquisition of Concentra and an explanation of why health care costs keep going up. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Cancer Care Variation

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The Dartmouth Atlas project has issued numerous reports on variation in health spending across the United States. The most recent report focuses on cancer care for terminal patients and once again finds substantial difference in resource use both across and within geographic regions.

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