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Editorial: Waste isn't the cause of high healthcare costs

Editorial: Waste isn't the cause of high healthcare costs

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 24, 2018

A long-standing obsession with waste and overutilization is slowly giving way to a greater appreciation for how entrenched poverty, a tattered safety net and exorbitant prices may explain why we spend so much more than other countries.

New CBO numbers could pave the way for CSR, reinsurance funding

New CBO numbers could pave the way for CSR, reinsurance funding

By Susannah Luthi  |  March 02, 2018

Federal lawmakers soon may have financial justification for funding cost-sharing reduction payments for insurers as well as reinsurance, when a new government report shows CSRs will save the government $32 billion if they're funded for the next three years.

Blue Cross parent commits $1.5 billion to lower medical costs

By H. Lee Murphy  |  March 02, 2018

Following a financial turnaround in its operations in 2017, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp. is anxious to promote fresh ideas in containing patient-care costs. It will budget $1.5 billion over the next three years on affordability initatives.

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 17, 2018

It's too early to say the era of cost control, which stretched roughly from 2010 to 2016, is over. But as the latest CMS cost projections suggest, the U.S. appears headed into another period when healthcare spending routinely exceeds the economy's overall rate of growth.

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