Healthcare Policy

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Medicare Advantage

The US promoted Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and people wanted HMOs to be a part of the Medicare program. Through the HMO Act, employers with 50 or more employees were required to offer HMO plans. Then the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to demonstrate HMO plans for Medicare patients. These private plans take...
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Medicare

Medicare is one of the most important payers in the U.S. health care system. It is health insurance for the elderly and has four parts - A, B, C & D. Traditional Medicare (Part A & B) During the Great Depression, hospitals began noticing that people couldn't afford the care as treatments were becoming more...
Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics
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Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics

Medications are the most widely used clinical intervention. The U.S. spends more on medications per capita than any other country but hasn’t been able to show better outcomes. Pharmacoeconomics refers to the scientific discipline that compares the value of one pharmaceutical drug or drug therapy to another. It is a sub-discipline of health economics. To...
introduction to the us healthcare system
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Introduction to the US Healthcare System

Healthcare is a complicated topic. Policies are often difficult to implement and there are many stakeholders to consider. Recently, the U.S. saw the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was the most significant piece of health policy legislation in fifty years. To understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act, we must first understand the...
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Timeline of Healthcare Reform in the USA

Healthcare reform has made a long journey since Roosevelt's failed attempt to provide healthcare for all citizens back in 1912. In this post, we recap the major milestones of healthcare reform in the USA. Timeline of Healthcare Reform in the USA 1. 1912 Theodore Roosevelt campaigned for health care for all but failed to get...
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The Complete Guide to Medicaid

The Medicaid program was created through the Social Security Amendments of 1965, which added Title XIX to the Social Security Act. The Medicaid program was considered to be an afterthought when Medicare was drafted but today the Medicaid program is bigger than Medicare, and with Affordable Care Act, it has become even bigger. Like food stamp programs,...

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