Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 6:28 am
When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.
So, it's kind of a BIG deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.
In a first, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made those figures from more than 3,000 hospitals public Wednesday.
Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 1:16 pm
OK, the conventional wisdom about the budget President Obama sent to Congress yesterday is that's irrelevant.
It's two months late, after all, and the House and Senate have already approved their own spending blueprints for fiscal 2014.
But here's why it matters when it comes to health.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 7:14 am
The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs.
And if the word around Washington is correct, it may also include a proposal aimed at winning some bipartisan backing — by changing the way Medicare patients pay for their care.