Posts by Jim Edholm

Health Care Reform to “Kill Millions?”

Critics of the GOP plan to revise the ACA (Obamacare) have said that by making the change – which essentially returns us to the status quo ante before Obamacare will result in millions dying. That got me curious. It implies without actually stating it that Obamacare has lowered the mortality rate in the US. Getting…

Will an HRA Really Benefit My Company?

While many employers are now utilizing HRAs (Health Reimbursement Arrangements), there are still some who are worried that it will leave them vulnerable. There are an even larger number who worry about how to structure the reimbursements. In this article I will give you the results of 65 “plan years’-worth” of experience with such plans.…

Web MD

I generally don’t pay any attention to WebMD’s caterwauling about any disease that’s serious. They say nothing because they say everything because they’re afraid to offend anyone by leaving something out. What’s more, because they cover every possible implication of any given condition, they contribute to overutilization of the medical delivery system … and thereby…

What’s Driving MA Health Costs? What Can You Do About It?

AIM (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) recently released a study of Health Care Costs in Massachusetts. The report is based on a review by Freedman HealthCare (FHC) of nine recent studies of the Massachusetts health-care marketplace. So it’s serious, well-documented stuff and…

Mass Health Cost Trends Discouraging

On the Associated Industries of Mass (AIM) website blog, there are comments by Attorney General Maura Healey . What’s happening, according to Healey, is that more and more patients are choosing to move to higher cost physicians and hospitals despite the introduction of tiered networks to combat the costs. Healey said, “Not enough has changed and…

Health Care Costs – Medicare Attempts to Reduce Health Costs

Medicare is embarking on a new program, and I think it’s a good one. I hope more insurers follow their lead. Basically what’s happening is that Medicare is proposing a trial program in the hip and knee replacement surgeries in which they reward QUALITY of healthcare rather than VOLUME of healthcare. While it’s generally true…

End of Life Care for Kids

Sad, sad story. This JAMA Oncology article (http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2383144) talks about kids’ and adolescents’ end of life care with cancer. 22% went to the ER in the last 30 days of life; 22% had ICU treatment in the last 30 days. For adults the percentages are 4%. Adults and doctors choose not to have heroic measures…
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