The CBO’s latest report on federal government health insurance-related costs projects a substantial rise in Medicaid spending.
The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General finds woeful mismanagement by the department of the contracts and work to build the federal health insurance exchange.
A report by the agency responsible for overseeing construction of VA health facilities finds rampant mismanagement and cost overruns, with the most glaring example being a Colorado medical center expected to cost triple the original projections, and it still isn't completed. Still think government is good at this stuff?http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/report-faults-va-management-denver-hospital-failures-33521448
According to the Government Accounting Office, your tax dollars are not always well spent, what a shock. There were almost $125 billion in improper payments by the federal government last year, with the leading offender being Medicare at $60 billion and Medicaid in third at $17.5 billion.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/03/06/improper-payments-jumped-125-billion-for-federal-government-last-year/
The Government Accounting Office has issued a very scary report regarding state and local government finances. Largely due to health care costs, they are expected to be in a significant and growing deficit position through the 2050s. Time to immediately reform Medicaid and government employee pensions and health benefits.http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667623.pdf
An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality statistical brief compares health insurance costs for private and government employees.
If you think that state employees have gold-plated health coverage, you are right according to a study from Pew and the MacArthur Foundation.
A paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research explores who really pays for public employee health spending.
A report from the Government Accounting Office on duplicative information technology projects finds that many are health-related, likely leading to hundreds of millions in unnecessary spending.
Allow drug spending growth has slowed, it is still a significant category of cost and adding drug benefits to Medicare and Medicaid has caused concern about how those drugs are paid for. A report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discusses new methods for reimbursing for drugs.
The Congressional Budget Office releases a presentation on how it calculates long-term projections fro Medicare and Medicaid spending. More than a little frightening, and the absence of serious bipartisan discussion about reducing this spending is disturbing in its economic implications.
Our Potpourri finally returns, including items on duplicate payments in federal health programs, EHR use and malpractice claims, venture capital statistics, consumer use of online self-service applications, and a new statistical method for predictive modeling.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission delivers an annual report to Congress on what it views as the pressing issues for the Medicare program. This year’s report touches on several issues, which have relevance for health care in general.