Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Health Care

Politico | Hospital consolidation: Is it raising costs?
Hospital consolidation since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act is a potential threat to free markets and health care costs, and one to which the Federal Trade Commission is paying close attention, said Martin Gaynor, director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC.
National Journal | Politically, Obamacare Isn't About Health Care
Obamacare has taken on a political life of its own, largely separate from the complex series of health care policies it actually comprises.

Econ Comments & Analysis                                                                                            
Wall Street Journal | The Myth of ObamaCare's Affordability
Whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to its name depends on how, or whether, you consider its consequences for the wider economy.
CRS | Health Care Fraud and Abuse Laws Affecting Medicare and Medicaid: An Overview
A number of federal statutes aim to combat fraud and abuse in federally funded health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Using these statutes, the federal government has been able to recover billions of dollars lost due to fraudulent activities. This report provides an overview of some of the more commonly used federal statutes used to fight health care fraud and abuse and discusses some of the changes made to these statutes by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).