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November 9, 2012
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  • ACA opponents rethink strategies
    Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have all but given up on repealing the law and have instead focused on impeding implementation. Some states will allow the federal government to operate their insurance exchanges. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBO: Rising health care costs are driving the deficit
    The percentage of gross domestic product spent by the federal government on health care programs will rise to 6.3% by 2020, compared with 4.7% this year and a four-decade average of 2.7%, the Congressional Budget Office reports. Raising the retirement age and premiums for Medicare, enacting tort reform and eliminating the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies and expansion of Medicaid would help contain costs, the CBO said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers suggest ways to boost comparative effectiveness trials
    Studies that compare treatments can lack impact because of obstacles posed by aggressive marketing and financial incentives for certain treatments, because researchers ignore issues important to clinicians and patients, because providers are resistant to change and because the studies' results are ambiguous, according to an analysis in Health Affairs based on interviews with researchers. The analysis recommends matching financial incentives with recommendations for changes in practice and taking doctors' and patients' perspectives into account when designing studies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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