Category: Austin Frakt

Sebelius survival guide

October 30th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, MSNBC, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

MSNBC.com
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill Wednesday—and Republicans are drooling…

Expert quote:

“I’d only extend open enrollment if the site’s problems extended into the new year, and then I’d extend it by the amount of the new year for which there were problems.”

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Accountable Care Organizations: A Health Experiment in Progress

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

National Journal
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

A patient goes to the doctor’s office with vague back pain…

Expert quote:

“I understand why Medicare is promoting ACOs. But, because they encourage provider integration, which could lead to higher prices and premiums, I do not understand why private insurers would be.”

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Narrow-Network Health Plans Expected to Proliferate Under Obamacare

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

National Journal
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

The health care industry has revived a variation on a widely derided product and proclaimed it a fresh, urgently needed innovation…

Expert quote:

“[C]onsumers will not like it, in general. In exchange for significantly lower premiums, maybe enough will.”

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The tradeoff: The individual mandate

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Public Health 0 comments

Politico
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

So you want that pre-existing condition coverage?…

Expert quote:

“The cultural climate is very different in other states. I don’t think the individual mandate is going to be strong enough to overcome the cultural resistance in some of the states.”

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5 myths about the Affordable Health Care Act

September 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Poynter
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Let’s face it: As a reporter, there’s pretty much nothing you can write or broadcast about the Affordable Care Act that someone won’t complain about…

Expert quote:

“Employer coverage has been trending down for decades. It’s just economics and rising health care costs.”

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The Right’s Obamacare Boycott Will Only Hurt Conservatives

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Having failed to block Obamacare in Congress in 2010, or to get the Supreme Court to throw it out in 2012, or to beat Obama himself last November, conservative groups have hit upon two last-ditch methods of preventing a large new entitlement program from becoming an entrenched fact of American life…

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New Approach Needed to Cut Medicare Costs: Study

June 24th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

HealthDay News
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations are only a small part of the cost of caring for Medicare patients with the highest overall health expenses, a new study shows…

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Studies debunk cost-shifting claims

May 17th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Healthcare Finance News
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

One of the principal arguments for passing healthcare reform legislation circled around the theory of cost shifting…

Expert quote:

“These are cuts to quality (or could be), which affects all patients. So, though it may be wrong to presume hospitals cost shift, it is not necessarily wrong to presume that patient welfare could be affected by reduced revenue, whatever the source.”

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Almost Any Cost Is Catastrophic if You’re Poor

May 7th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

New York Times
By Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Some writers have greatly exaggerated the policy implications they say are suggested by the most recent report on the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment…

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Donations to victims raises questions about others outside the spotlight

April 24th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Boston Globe (subscription required)
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

It was a gesture of generosity and concern for the community…

Expert quote:

“This is the right thing to do. The whole country is focused on [the Marathon attack] and so that probably helps the hospitals and insurers recognize that it’s the right thing to do. When everyone is not looking so carefully, are they making the same choice?”

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