Friday, November 30, 2007

WSJ: Health policy caps mean catastrophic coverage may not be there when needed

Yesterday's WSJ ran a story that highlights the plight of the insured middle-class in this country: It's possible to max out a health policy with a $1.5 million cap in the metaphorical blink of an eye. The story is here (though it may require a paid subscription to read it).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

When hospice patients don't die quickly enough, Medicare comes knocking

Some years ago, the Medicare program proposed to recoup hospice payments if a patient didn't die within 6 months, which was the probable life-expectancy that a physician had to certify for a patient to receive the Medicare hospice benefit. As I recall, that proposal was met with howls of protest and dropped.What Medicare couldn't do directly, however, it is now doing indirectly, as described in

Friday, November 9, 2007

Krugman: Health Care Excuses

Okay, I know he's a liberal (Exh. 1: "The Conscience of a Liberal"), and so am I, so there are times when I suppose Paul Krugman's arguments seem irresistible when they're not. But today's column strikes me as just plain common-sensical.Krugman offers up four common excuses often used to argue against health reform and then refutes them. It is worth a read. Here are the excuses:Excuse No. 1: No

Insurer misconduct alleged in California

From today's Modern Healthcare:Calif. insurance chief probes report of cancellationsCalifornia’s insurance commissioner is investigating a report that Health Net rewarded an analyst more than $20,000 in bonuses tied to canceling individual health insurance policies, thereby saving the company millions in medical expenses. “We certainly view this as a serious breach,” said Byron Tucker, spokesman