Cost Containment

     Professor Huhn posts daily at the Akron Law Cafe, which features essays by members of the Akron Law faculty.  This page contains links to several of his postings regarding the cost of health care and cost containment aspects of health care reform.  As always, any opinions expressed by Professor Huhn in his postings at Akron Law Cafe or on this website are entirely his own, and do not express the views of The University of Akron.
 
December 17, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (90) How Important Is the Public Option – Part 2 – CBO Estimates - Yesterday's post discussed the potential advantages of the public option in making health care more affordable.  However, in its evaluation of the House and Senate health care reform bills the CBO didn't think that the public option would have much of an impact either on the federal deficit or on overall expenditures for health care ...
 
December 16, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (89) How Important is the Public Option? – Part 1 - According to news reports (including this article by Jeffrey Young in The Hill), Senator Joe Lieberman is killing the public option in the Senate.  And as a result, some leading Democrats like former Governor and Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean now oppose the health care bill if it is stripped of the public option (according to this report by Carrie Budoff Brown and Mike Allen of Politico).  How important is the public option to expanding coverage and lowering costs? ...
 
December 14, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (88) Warner Amendment to Strengthen Cost Containment Provisions of Senate Bill -  Senator Mark Warner, (D-VA) has offered a detailed amendment to the Senate health care bill that will strengthen many of the cost containment provisions of the bill.  This is in line with changes that have been demanded by the Business Rountable and other organizations whose primary concern is to reduce the cost of medical care for America's citizens and businesses.  The greatest criticism of the proposed health care legislation is that while it does a good job of extending health insurance coverage to the uninsured, it does not do enough to reduce the high cost of medical care.  Here are some previous postings regarding projections of costs and recommendations for cost containment by CMS, the Commonwealth Fund, AHIP, CBO, and the Brookings Institute ...
 
December 13, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (85) Advertising for Prescription Drugs - The Congressional Budget Office recently published a study on the cost of prescription drug advertising showing that drug companies spend more on promotion than they do on research and development.   Does this advertising raise or lower the cost of drugs? ...
 
December 11, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (87) New CMS Report Shows Higher Expenditures for Health Care Because More People Will Be Enrolled on the Exchange - Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released this report estimating the effect of the original Senate health care bill submitted by Majority Leader Harry Reid on the federal deficit and on projected health care expenditures.  This post concerns how the new CMS report differs from the previous report prepared by the Congressional Budge Office (CBO) scoring the bill ...
 
December 11, 2009 - Heath Care Financing Reform: (86) The Dorgan Amendment – Reimportation of Drugs from Canada - Once drugs that have been manufactured in America have been shipped out of the country, federal law currrently forbids their reimportation.  An amendment to the health care bill being offered by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) would lift the ban on reimportation.  The amendment enjoys broad popular support, and according to the Congressional Budget Office it would save Americans billions of dollars, but is it a good idea? ...
 
December 9, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (84) The Commonwealth Fund Believes that the Reform Bills Will Achieve Substantial Savings in Health Care Expenditures - The most intractable problem that we as a nation face is to reduce the overall cost of health care.  There is good news on this score from the Commonwealth Fund.  A new study predicts that the proposed legislation will substantially reduce the growth rate of health care expenditures, largely as a result of modernization of health information and billing systems ...
 
December 7, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (82) Karen Ignagni on Reducing the Cost of Health Care -  Karen Ignagni, President of AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans), has issued a clarion call to reduce the overall cost of health care in the United States ...
 
December 2, 2009 - Health Care Financing Reform: (78) The CLASS Act and Its Costs -  One of the health care reforms that Ted Kennedy was most eager to enact is a bill that would would fund in-home living assistance services for elderly and disabled Americans.  The idea is to enable people to live independently as much and as long as possible so that they do not have to move into group homes, nursing homes, or assisted living centers.  Senator Kennedy's bill – the "CLASS Act" – has been incorporated into both the House and Senate health care reform bills ...
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