Thursday, December 6, 2012

Quick Links: ACO Spread, Device Tax, Rate Shock

Bruce Japsen notes: "Obamacare's Accountable Care Approach Reaches 1 in 10 In U.S." (Forbes, 11/26/2012):
The new analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman released Monday says the growth of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, has reached up to 25 million to 31 million patients, growing beyond the 2.4 million patients in the government's voluntarily program for seniors  covered by the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly to patients in private and employer-sponsored health plans.
If patients don't like their ACO, there's always this alternative: "Medical tourism booms in Costa Rica".

Reuters: "IRS finalizes new tax for medical devices in healthcare law" (12/5/2012)

Kaiser Health News: "State Insurance Officials Raise Concerns About 'Rate Shock' For Young People" (12/4/2012).