The Rising Costs of Health Care
A Decade of Health Care Cost Growth: Impact on the American Family
How do soaring health care costs affect the finances of the average American family? A new RAND Health study shows that the doubling of health costs between 1999 and 2009 largely wiped out an average family's real income gains. In fact, in 2009 the family had a net gain of only $95 per month. If health care costs had tracked general inflation over the decade, the family would have had nearly $5,400 more in 2009.
If CIM is to be considered in broader healthcare strategies, its economic impact must be determined.
The costs of knee and hip replacement in designated centers of excellence do not differ from costs in other hospitals. But hip replacements performed in such centers had lower complication rates. Complication rates for knee replacement did not differ.
A systematic review found that evidence is mixed and inconsistent regarding both the direction and magnitude of the association between health care costs and quality.
What It Will Take to Achieve the As-Yet-Unfulfilled Promises of Health Information Technology — 2013
HIT's disappointing performance primarily stems from sluggish adoption of health IT systems, systems that are not interoperable or easy to use, and failure of providers and institutions to do their part by reengineering care processes.
U.S. Spending on Complementary and Alternative Medicine During 2002-08 Plateaued, Suggesting Role in Reformed Health System — 2013
Use of and spending on complementary and alternative medicine have flattened out. Including providers of these services in new delivery systems such as accountable care organizations could help slow growth in national health care spending.