Medicare payment cuts to hospitals don't necessarily mean private insurers end up paying more, one study finds. Another reports that unifying Medicare's benefits into a single plan could save the program $180 billion over 10 years, while lowering seniors' out-of-pocket costs.
Politico: Study: Cuts To Medicare Trim Costs To Insurers
When Medicare payment rates for hospital inpatient care are cut, do insurers end up paying more? A new study published Monday in Health Affairs finds they don't -- contradicting the well-known "cost shifting" theory (Smith, 5/7).
The Hill: Unified Medicare Benefit Would Save Billions, Study Says
Combining Medicare coverage under a unified benefit could save $180 billion over 10 years while lowering out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries, according to a new study. Researchers with the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit research foundation, proposed a simplified Medicare program in which beneficiaries receive hospital, physician, drug and supplemental coverage in a single package (Viebeck, 5/6).
Another study finds that for those close to retiring, the cost of health care is one of the biggest worries --
Reuters: Health Concerns Top List Of Retirement Worries In U.S.: Study
Health problems and the cost of health care are the biggest concerns for those entering retirement, according to a study released on Monday from Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch. The findings, part of a larger study focused on how people are feeling about and preparing for retirement, were based on a survey of more than 6,300 individuals aged 45 and older across the United States (5/6).