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Dirty Words

Because healthcare costs are so unevenly distributed, it is a given that some form of income redistribution is required to help pay for those who are poor or who incur extremely high costs.

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A Minsky Moment

Increasing the government’s share of healthcare spending, at a time when it is already the major contributor to the public debt, would surely increase the likelihood of a financial crisis.

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Syllogisms

Before we get to specific alternatives and solutions, we must clearly accept the inevitable conclusion that some form of cost sharing across the population is required.

 

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O Canada

For many, ‘single payer’ is presumed to be the Canadian system, a federally funded, locally administered system that pays private providers on a fee-for-service basis according to government mandated rates.

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The Fundamentals are Fundamental

There is growing evidence that Medicare Advantage plans deliver equal or slightly better care at lower rates of utilization, but there is much debate as to what those findings mean.

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Risk Management

Most Medicare Advantage plans are HMOs or tightly defined PPO networks, a model that would likely continue if the single payer model were the ‘Medicare Advantage for all’ idea.

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The Other Half

After considering some of the factors around a single payer model, we continue to explore the idea of ‘Medicare Advantage for All.’

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Assume a Hole

After considering some of the factors around a single payer model, we begin to explore the idea of ‘Medicare Advantage for All.’

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Squaring the Frame

Over the years, CMS has struggled with how to pay Medicare Advantage plans, trying to balance cost with making it attractive enough for carriers and providers to offer options that work for the beneficiaries.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Jalapenos

An emerging idea for single payer healthcare is to move everyone into a Medicare Advantage-type plan, something that combines public funding with competitive market options.

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Tim Coan, ALN’s CEO, writes an insightful and witty blog three times a week about a variety of topics relevant to independent physician practices.

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