Health Care Financing Review

Publication covering business and finance issues in the health care industry.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, Spring

AAHSA Urges Background Checks for Nursing Home Employees. (Recent Health Care Developments)
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) recently urged the development of a national system enabling nursing facilities to do quick and accurate checks to see whether employees have a record of criminal offenses that would...
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Burden of Health Care Costs: Businesses, Households, and Governments, 1987-2000
INTRODUCTION In this article, we estimate health care spending by sponsor type--businesses, households, governments, and other private funds; track trends in spending over time; and analyze the burden that these expenditures impose on the sponsoring...
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Changing Nature of Public and Private Health Insurance
BACKGROUND While approximately 42 million Americans lack health insurance coverage (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 2001), the vast majority of Americans are covered for their health care expenditures by a complicated array of public...
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Consequences of States' Policies for SCHIP Disenrollment
INTRODUCTION Congress' primary aim when it passed the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33) was to increase the number of low-income children who had health insurance that were not eligible for Medicaid. Like Medicaid, SCHIP is a Federal...
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Disenrollment and Re-Enrollment Patterns in a SCHIP
INTRODUCTION Title XXI of the Social Security Act established the SCHIP to provide coverage for low-income uninsured children. States had the option to provide this coverage by (1) expanding their Medicaid Programs, (2) expanding other existing...
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Employment-Related Health Insurance: Federal Agencies' Roles in Meeting Data Needs
INTRODUCTION (1) The United States Federal statistical system is highly decentralized. Many of the Nation's statistical programs are carried out by agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Center for Health Statistics...
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HHS Accelerates Bioterrorism Research. (Recent Health Care Developments)
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced seven new initiatives to accelerate bioterrorism research and help strengthen the Nation's ability to deal with the public health threat posed by bioterrorism. The research programs...
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HHS Takes Steps to Further Limit Medicaid Loophole. (Recent Health Care Developments)
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced new regulations that further restrict the use of a loophole in Medicaid regulations that costs Federal taxpayers billions of dollars a year in excessive payments to States for matching State Medicaid...
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Home and Community-Based Services in Seven States
INTRODUCTION Home and community-based services, such as home health care, personal care, adult day care, respite care, and assisted living facilities, have grown in importance to the long-term care (LTC) system over the past two decades. In 2000,...
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Insurance Trends for the Medicare Population, 1991-1999
INTRODUCTION The 1990s saw the emergence of managed care into the Medicare marketplace. In the beginning of the decade nearly all beneficiaries were in the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program. In 1991 there were only 1 million Medicare risk health...
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Medi-Cal Program Suffering Physician Shortages. (Recent Health Care Developments)
Nearly one-haft of California's primary care physicians (45 percent) and specialists (43 percent) say they do not have any MediCal patients in their practices, according to a new report published by the California HealthCare Foundation's MediCal Policy...
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Medicare to Expand Coverage of Positron Emission Tomography. (Recent Health Care Developments)
CMS recently announced it intends to cover positron emission tomography (PET), a high-tech diagnostic tool, in the management of care for patients with breast cancer. When a woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer, PET can serve as a means of...
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Report Details National Health Care Spending Increases in 2000. (Recent Health Care Developments)
Health care spending in the United States rose to $1.3 trillion in 2000, a 6.9-percent increase over the previous year, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The increase for 2000 compared with a 5.7-percent...
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Retiree Health Insurance: Recent Trends and Tomorrow's Prospects
INTRODUCTION Former employers are a major source of health insurance for older adults, particularly for those who retire before becoming eligible for Medicare. To early retirees, defined as those who retire before age 65, health insurance coverage...
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Supplemental Insurance for Community Aged and Disabled Beneficiaries: 1999. (MCBS Highlights)
INTRODUCTION The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey is a powerful tool for analyzing the Medicare population. Based on a stratified random sample of about 16,000 beneficiaries, the Access to Care File provides detailed information on types of supplemental...
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Using Medicaid/SCHIP to Insure Working Families: The Massachusetts Experience
INTRODUCTION While the majority of working Americans and their families obtain health insurance coverage through their employers, policymakers have become increasingly aware of the large numbers of workers without insurance. The 2000 Census indicates...
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