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Ugent Message From American Psychological Association, ‘Three Weeks To Stop Medicare Cuts’

As we [American Psychological Association Practice Organization] reported last week, the situation on Capitol Hill has once again shifted dramatically with the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reach agreement on $1.2 trillion in debt savings. Legislative leaders have begun to discuss options to address critical, time-sensitive issues by the end […]

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ACP Says “Congress Must ‘Go Big’ On Physician Payment Reform”

The American College of Physicians (ACP) today told the 112th Congress to “go big” by reforming Medicare payments, including enacting a permanent end to scheduled Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment cuts. The urgent need for Congress to act was demonstrated by today’s release of a Medicare final rule, announcing a 27.4 percent across-the-board […]

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Justin Trogdon, PhD

Medical Expenses Related To Obesity Costs States Billions

States spend up to $15 billion a year in medical expenses related to obesity, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, Duke University, and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study, published online in Obesity, updates 2004 state-by-state estimates of obesity-attributable medical expenditures. The report also provides rough estimates of […]

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New Pressures On Financial Reimbursement Require Psychologists’ Action

As we reported last week, the politics and process affecting Medicare reimbursement have changed significantly with the recent enactment of the Budget Control Act.  House and Senate leaders have finished appointing twelve members to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which is tasked with identifying at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next […]

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Medicare And Medicaid Could Save $632 billion By 2050 If 50-year-Old Americans Were As Healthy As Europeans

Forty years ago, Americans could expect to live slightly longer than Europeans. This has since reversed: in spite of similar levels of economic development, Americans now live about a year-and-a-half less, on average, than their Western European counterparts, and also less than people in most other developed nations. How did Americans fall behind?

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Researcher J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D.

Nondrug Medical Spending Reduced Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Limited Prior Drug Coverage Following Implementation Of Medicare Part D

Among elderly Medicare beneficiaries with limited prior drug coverage, implementation of Medicare Part D was associated with significant reductions in nondrug medical spending, such as for inpatient and skilled nursing facility care, according to a study in the July 27 issue of JAMA.  The research was carried out by J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D., of Harvard […]

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Craig Gundersen

Economic Expert Argues That Stronger Social Safety Net Leads To Decrease In Stress And Childhood Obesity

Social safety net programs that reduce psychosocial stressors for low-income families also ultimately lead to a reduction in childhood obesity, according to research by a University of Illinois economist who studies the efficacy of food assistance programs on public health. Craig Gundersen, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, says food and exercise […]

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Medicaid Increases Use Of Healthcare, Decreases Financial Strain, And Improves Health

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Providence Health & Services have found that expanding low income adults’ access to Medicaid substantially increases health care use, reduces financial strain on covered individuals, and improves their self-reported health and well-being. This is […]

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