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Uncapped programs fuel vast expansion of healthcare sector

Uncapped programs fuel vast expansion of healthcare sector

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 23, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid have precipitated the vast expansion—and even the creation—of many profitable industry sectors including hospitals, physician groups, managed-care insurers, home health, drug manufacturers, devicemakers and others.

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

By Fawn Lopez  |  May 23, 2015

Modern Healthcare has documented every Medicare and Medicaid milestone and challenge since Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976. This section commemorates the programs' 50th anniversary by providing some history and an overview of their challenges.

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin  |  May 23, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

By Judy Feder  |  May 23, 2015

Georgetown University professor and former HHS official Judy Feder writes that the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid enactment calls for a celebration. Medicare provides health insurance protection to virtually all older Americans and many workers who become disabled.

Demands of an aging population will have Medicare, Medicaid fighting for dollars

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 23, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

By Harris Meyer  |  May 23, 2015

While politicians debate the future of Medicare and Medicaid, few question that those programs are here to stay. It's easy to forget how controversial the idea of government healthcare programs was for most of the 20th century, and how many decades it took to enact the programs.

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

Medicaid a lifeline for the poor and disabled

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

Before Medicaid was established, low-income Americans had limited access to healthcare, relying heavily on charity care and public hospitals. "To be old and poor and sick was to suffer and to die prematurely,” said Trish Riley of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 16, 2015

As high-deductible plans proliferate and regulators step up scrutiny of hospital collection practices, some providers are investing in tools to make the process less confusing and easier to navigate and using sophisticated algorithms to predict who is most likely to pay.

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.

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