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Ongoing efforts to profile physicians on their relative cost of care have been criticized because they do not account for differences in patients' socioeconomic status (SES).
The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $157 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer. The greatest cost is associated with providing institutional and home-based long-term care rather than medical services.
If CIM is to be considered in broader healthcare strategies, its economic impact must be determined.
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.
Policies to increase preventive testing in developing countries should include subsidies towards treatment costs.
Payment reform affects market entry and exit, which in turn may affect market structure, access to care, quality and cost of care, and patient outcomes.
This Article seeks to broaden the revenue discussion about marijuana legalization with respect to policy goals, types of taxes, and components of revenue.
Policymakers in countries around the world are faced with rising health care costs and are debating ways to reform health care to reduce expenditures.
This paper presents results of an assessment of the state of research on decoupling the relationship between vehicle travel and economic growth.
Health plans and Medicare are using cost profiles to identify which physicians account for more health care spending than others.
Statins are considered a clinically important breakthrough for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
ACA-mandated payment reforms need to achieve more than a "one time" cost saving.
Innovative payment reform initiatives occur in both the public and private sector, but the optimal role in such reforms of the public sector, specifically the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is up for debate
Many states have implemented regulations (commonly referred to as waivers) to increase access to publicly insured services for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
How legalizing marijuana would affect consumption and tax revenues will depend on many design choices including tax level, incentives for a continued black market, whether advertising is restricted, and how the regulatory system is designed and adjusted.
This systematic review examined the question: what is the evidence of the impact on family well-being of giving economic resources to women relative to the impact of giving them to men?
The results of this work provide a useful insight into economic costs of running local Walking for Health schemes, and the overarching national support programme.
Funding for research on mental disorders accounts for low proportions of research budgets compared with funding levels for research on other major health problems, whereas the expected return on investment is potentially high.
Enrollment is increasing in consumer-directed health insurance plans, which feature high deductibles and a personal health care savings account.
Physician organizations (POs)—independent practice associations and medical groups—located in lower socioeconomic status (SES) areas may score poorly in pay-for-performance (P4P) programs.