Recent Journal Articles on Health Economics
Substantial Health and Economic Returns from Delayed Aging May Warrant a New Focus for Medical Research — 2013
Greater investment in research to delay aging appears to be a highly efficient way to forestall disease, extend healthy life, and improve public health.
Despite the wide recognition of a shift to prevention, barriers remain. Our analysis focuses on the costs of certain health issues that may be preventable to improve outcomes in later life. We look at preterm birth, unintentional injury, child obesity and certain child mental health problems.
Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Consumer Health Care Spending and Risk of Catastrophic Health Costs — 2013
This study examines the likely effects of the Affordable Care Act on average annual consumer health care spending and the risk of catastrophic medical costs. The analysis also considers how the decision to expand Medicaid would affect average annual consumer health spending and the risk of catastrophic medical costs for low-income individuals in two large states: Texas and Florida.
The Effect of Prospective Payment on Admission and Treatment Policy: Evidence from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities — 2013
We examine provider responses to the Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) prospective payment system (PPS), which simultaneously reduced marginal reimbursement and increased average reimbursement.
Major Changes to Medicare Would Cut Costs but Also Squeeze Enrollment and Raise Spending for Seniors — 2013
Potential policy changes, such as raising the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 to 67, would save Medicare from $400 billion to $1.2 trillion between 2012 and 2036 but would also reduce the number of seniors enrolled.
Implementing a Resource-Based Relative Value Scale Fee Schedule for Physician Services: An Assessment of Policy Options for the California Workers' Compensation Program — 2013
RAND researchers used 2011 medical data to examine the impact of implementing a resource-based relative value scale to pay for physician services under California's workers' compensation system. Current allowances under the Official Medical Fee Schedule are approximately 116 percent of Medicare-allowed amounts and, by law, will transition to no more than 120 percent of Medicare payment amounts over four years. This report details the researchers' findings.
Due to volatility in healthcare costs, shared savings contracts can create systematic financial losses for payers, especially when contracting with smaller providers.
Health Inequalities through the Lens of Health Capital Theory: Issues, Solutions, and Future Directions — 2013
Explores what health-capital theory has to offer in terms of informing and directing research into health inequality.
Document submitted on July 12, 2013 as an addendum to testimony presented before the Senate Special Committee on Aging on April 24, 2013.
Brand-name Prescription Drug Use Among Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D Patients with Diabetes: A National Cohort Comparison — 2013
Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes use 2 to 3 times more brand-name drugs than a comparable group within the VA, at substantial excess cost.