Good News and Gloom for Medicare, Wrapped in a Mystery

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Outlook for Medicare Trust Fund Improves, Though Shortfall Looms, Report Finds

Spending on hospital care was lower than expected, but trustees say Medicare and Social Security funds need shoring up.

Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas

Notes on the House Budget Chairman’s latest proposals.

Medicare Advantage Is Not Efficient, but It Can Be

22up health illo thumbStandard Medicare Advantage Is Not Efficient, but It Can BeModeling a Medicare plan on the Affordable Care Act could save taxpayers money by forcing plans to compete on price rather than unnecessary benefits.

The Fiscal Fizzle

Krugman New thumbStandard v2 The Fiscal FizzleThe deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm.

Insurers Face New Health Law Rules to Widen Networks and Prevent Surprise Bills

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The Immodest Scope of Reform Conservatism

On a small movement’s genuinely big ideas.

The Immodest Scope of Reform Conservatism

On a small movement’s genuinely big ideas.

As Growth in Health Care Spending Slows, Asking if a Trend Will Last

For the last few years, Medicare spending has been below projections, a trend as mystifying as it is welcome.

Budget Office Revises Estimate of Federal Spending on Health Care

16cbo pic1 thumbStandard Budget Office Revises Estimate of Federal Spending on Health CareThe office said in an annual forecast that federal spending on major programs would amount to 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039.

The State of Obamacare

Just how optimistic should the law’s supporters be feeling?

Reform Conservatism and Paul Ryan

Notes on a possible intra-conservative policy divide.

The Fault in Our Stars

compare noa thumbStandard The Fault in Our StarsOfficial rankings of nursing homes often don’t match residents’ and family members’ opinions, a new study found.

UnitedHealth, an Insurer Switching Roles, Helps Hospitals on Medicare Billing

Executive Health Resources, a consultant owned by UnitedHealth Group, assists hospitals with winning larger payments from Medicare.

Health Site Is Changing Supervision

A top executive from the UnitedHealth Group is expected to bolster management of the federal insurance marketplace and prevent a repeat of the chaos in the program last fall.