Entries by David Anderson

Damn you Andrew Sullivan

I was over at the Dish looking for something to point and laugh at, and then I end up learning something plus reading a touching story about job lock.  Damn you!   Or maybe I’m biased because my own insurance situation has gotten better. Here’s what’s happened in my individual case. I stayed on my […]

Insurers expanding

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, health insurance co-ops are expanding.  Co-ops from Massachusetts, Montana and Kentucky are crossing borders to operate in New Hampshire, Idaho and West Virginia.  Idaho has a competive exchange market in 2014. New Hampshire and West Virginia have non-competitive Exchange marketplaces as they each had only a single […]

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The Washington Post is reporting on a successful recovery effort of funds from fraud, waste and abuse in Social Security: The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management […]

On reading CMS Data

The New York Times has a great little tool that accesses the massive CMS data dump on provider reimbursement for Medicare Part B.  You can look up any Medicare Part B doc that has treated more than 11 patients in 2012 and see that they charged and what they got reimbursed.  There are a few […]

Simple solutions that won’t be approved

Paul Waldman proposes a simple, straightforward change to Medicare payment rules that would save significant money by removing at least one fucked up incentive to prescribe overly expensive medication: Avastin costs $50 a dose, while Lucentis costs $2,000 a dose. And Medicare pays doctors a six percent fee on top of the cost of whatever […]