Capsules: Revealing Angioplasty Outcomes Didn't Improve Patient Mortality; Schumer: 'A Lot Of Opposition' To Raising Medicare Age; Docs Say Concerns About ER 'Frequent Flyer' Use Are Overblown

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on a new study about the impact of some health care outcomes reporting: "In the 23 years since New York State began publishing hospital death rates of coronary artery-bypass graft patients, the number of publicly reported outcome measures has proliferated. There are now 258 public reports on health care quality available around the country, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation" (Rau, 10/9).

In addition, Mary Agnes Carey reports on signals sent by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., about what might be on the table for a grand bargain: "Democrats have said they are willing to overhaul entitlements if Republicans agree to new tax revenues as part of a 'grand bargain' to reduce the deficit, but don't expect the Medicare eligibility age to be increased as part of any deal, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday" (Carey, 10/10).

Also on Capsules, Ankita Rao writes about research dismissing the notion that frequent ER use drives up health care costs: "When Mitt Romney advised uninsured Americans to head to the emergency room for care, analysts were quick to point out the burden of high ER costs and the danger of abusing a safety net system. But emergency departments only account for 2 percent of health care spending, according to research presented by the American College of Emergency Physicians, a proportion they say reflects good value for the acute care delivered to 50 percent of the patients at hospitals" (Rao, 10/10). Check out what else is on the blog.

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