Can We Please Stop Fighting About ‘Medicare for All’? & 14 more stories

Can We Please Stop Fighting About ‘Medicare for All’?, by Michelle Cottle, published 2020-01-09T01:21:54Z

Top Story: One policy proposal has defined this Democratic race. It’s time to move on.

One could argue that it has already proved problematic for Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been one of Medicare for alls top champions in this race, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been touting the idea nationally since his 2016 presidential run.… [+2458 chars] [read the full story]

$2.2 billion Bright Health just struck a deal to buy a health plan and gain a big foothold in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market

Lydia Ramsey, 2020-01-07T21:30:00Z

Overview: Bright Health, a Minneapolis-based health-insurance startup, just agreed to acquire a California-based health insurer to beef up its presence in the red-hot Medicare Advantage market. The acquisition comes on the heels of the insurer raising $635 million from…

Bright Health just took a bigger bite out of the red-hot Medicare Advantage market. 
The $2.2 billion health insurer on Tuesday said it’s buying the privately-owned Medicare Advantage health plan provider Brand New Day. The terms of the deal were not disclos… [+5613 chars] [read the full story]

Deflating Results of Major Study Point to Better Ways to Cut Health Care Waste

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Overview: A program that focused on the patients who needed the most care didn’t keep them from landing back in the hospital.

But its important to understand the difference between those studies and the Camden one.
The Camden model targets a population that has a much more varied set of medical needs and social complexity, and with higher health care spending, than the existing suc… [+2605 chars] [read the full story]

The Odd Couples of the Democratic Party

Gail Collins and Bret Stephens, 2020-01-07T10:00:21Z

Overview: Iran, impeachment and Iowa are making for some strange bedfellows, just the way politics is supposed to.

This is just a wild card, and it makes the election itself hostage to decisions made in Tehran. If, God forbid, a jetliner filled with American passengers mysteriously blows up midair in October, like Pan Am Flight 103 did over Lockerbie, Scotland, in the 198… [+1869 chars] [read the full story]

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here’s Why.

Abigail Abrams, 2020-01-06T22:07:21Z

Overview: Whether it’s interpreting medical bills, struggling to get hospital records, or fighting with an insurance provider, Americans are accustomed to battling bureaucracy to access their health care. But patients’ time and effort are not the only price of this com…

Whether it’s interpreting medical bills, struggling to get hospital records, or fighting with an insurance provider, Americans are accustomed to battling bureaucracy to access their health care. But patients’ time and effort are not the only price of this com… [+5684 chars] [read the full story]

Julian Castro Endorses Elizabeth Warren For President

Ja’han Jones, 2020-01-06T14:34:42Z

Overview: Castro, who quit the Democratic race this month, said Warren is “unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be there for everyone.”

Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 Democratic race this month, endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president on Monday. 
“There’s one candidate I can see who’s unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be… [+576 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. Families Are Paying Over $4,500 in Medical Bills Just to Have a Baby

Ed Cara, 2020-01-06T22:30:00Z

Overview: Families covered by private, employer-provided insurance plans are paying higher and higher out-of-pocket costs for the delivery of their newborn, a new study found, despite the reforms enacted by the Affordable Care Act. Read more…

Families covered by private, employer-provided insurance plans are paying higher and higher out-of-pocket costs for the delivery of their newborn, a new study found, despite the reforms enacted by the Affordable Care Act.
The study, published Monday in Healt… [+3709 chars] [read the full story]

Pear Therapeutics announced a handful of new deals with tech and healthcare firms worldwide

zlarock@businessinsider.com (Zoë LaRock), Zoë LaRock, 2020-01-09T15:04:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. The Boston-based digital therapeutics (…

The Boston-based digital therapeutics (DTx) developer best known for its therapy for substance use disorder inked deals with five health-focused organizations across the globe — including virtual reality (VR) and vocal biomarker firms and research institution… [+4515 chars] [read the full story]

3 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid in 2020

newsfeedback@fool.com (Maurie Backman), 2020-01-10T12:22:00Z

Overview: The government’s healthcare program for seniors is designed to keep costs reasonable. But wrong moves on your part can raise them.

Millions of senior citizens depend on Medicare to pay for their healthcare services during retirement. But if you’re not careful, you could make wrong moves that cause you to miss out on important benefits, or leave you paying more for them. Here are a few ma… [+3730 chars] [read the full story]

US Healthcare Industry Creating an Endless Shitstorm of Money-Grubbing Bureaucracy and Paperwork, Study Finds

Maxwell Strachan, Kate Lowenstein, Susan Rinkunas, 2020-01-08T19:12:32Z

Overview: A highly lucrative paper-pushing industry is unnecessarily costing already-broke Americans hundreds of billions of dollars.

Capitalist though it may be, the U.S. healthcare industry is a bureaucratic, inefficient and unnecessarily complicated mess, which has created a highly lucrative paper-pushing industry that is unnecessarily costing already-broke Americans hundreds of billions… [+3835 chars] [read the full story]

Medigap Plan F Is Gone, Now What?

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2020-01-09T16:00:00Z

Overview: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 mandated that, as of January 1, 2020, insurers can no longer sell to newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries Medigap policies (Medicare supplement insurance) that cover the Part B deductible.

This image shows how comparing and deciding upon the right Medigap policy to supplement basic … [+] Medicare is a puzzle, or that it can be a puzzling experience. Medigap policies range from type A-L.
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By now, most Medicare beneficiaries know that Me… [+7939 chars] [read the full story]

Nursing home safety website under-reports falls

Matt Wood-U. Chicago, 2020-01-08T13:48:15Z

Overview: The data a popular website uses for reporting the safety of nursing homes may be inaccurate, a new study shows.

The data that the website Nursing Home Compare uses to report patient safety in relation to falls may be highly inaccurate, a new study shows.
The website, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sponsors, is a go-to resource for many families… [+4378 chars] [read the full story]

Concerned About Your Medicare Advantage Plan? You’ve Got A Second Chance.

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2020-01-07T16:00:00Z

Overview: Even though Medicare Open Enrollment ended in December, the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is actually going on right now. (January 1 until March 31, 2020).

Medicare Advantage word cloud collage, health concept background
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Even though Medicare Open Enrollment ended in December, the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is actually going on right now. (January 1 until March 31, 2020). This is an … [+7304 chars] [read the full story]

The ral villain of the opioid crisis is the healthcare industry, experts say

Greg Robb, 2020-01-05T22:06:23Z

Overview: The villain of the opioid crisis isn’t income inequality or other social ills, it is the U.S. healthcare industry, experts said.

SAN DIEGO The opioid crisis in the United States is not the result of poverty. It wasnt caused by income inequality, the financial crisis or globalization either.
The clear villain is the healthcare industry.
Thats the conclusion of two Princeton Universit… [+1259 chars] [read the full story]