Data & Commentary

U.S. metro areas must look beyond job growth to measure economic progress

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

By Amy Liu

That’s what many states and metro areas desperately needed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. So our program launched the Metro Monitor in 2009 to track jobs, housing prices, and other indicators of post-recession recovery in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.

Today the U.S. economy has more jobs than before the recession, as do most metro economies. Yet many workers and households are not better off.

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Maybe the readmission reduction program worked?

Color me surprised.

By Aaron Carroll

Unless you’ve ignored the rantings of many, many posts at TIE, you know that the government has been trying to reduce readmissions to hospitals as a means to improve quality and decrease spending. This study checked in on that. It appears that it’s happening.

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Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

By Stephen Petterson, PhD; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; Yalda Jabbarpour, MD; Peter Wingrove, BS

Greater use of Medicare Advantage (MA) over traditional fee-for-service Medicare (TM) in certain populations, and even across small areas, has been associated with fewer overall hospitalizations and avoidable hospitalizations. Proponents suggest that these associations stem from successful care management, and a focus on preventive services and primary care among MA users. Detractors intimate that selection … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

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FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

By CMS

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, and Request for Information CMS-1677-P On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients … Continue reading FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

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