Category Archives: Health care

Why ‘Medicare For All’ Is Bad Policy

It isn’t necessarily a problem that the US spends more on health care than other nations. But it is a big problem on how much of that spending amounts to waste. According to the renowned RAND Health Insurance Experiment, a lot of that waste is a result from health plans that include little to noContinue Reading

A hypochondriac’s nightmare

If you’ve read Katherine Restrepo’s latest research newsletter, you might be interested in this John Lauerman article from the latest Bloomberg Businessweek: “There Are Now Officially 70,000 Ways to Get Sick or Die.” The codes cover everything from parrot bites to getting sucked into a jet engine. Doctors have already begun mocking the diagnostic list,Continue Reading

ICD-10: The Code Overkill Has Gone Live

The medical code overkill is now here. After a four-year delay, the US health care system has crossed over to an updated medical diagnosis coding system endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), formally known as the tenth edition of the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-10. The ICD is the most widely used indexContinue Reading

If You Are Crushed By A Human Stampede, There Is Now A Medical Code For That

On October 1, the US health care system has converted to an updated medical diagnosis coding system, formally known as ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases – tenth edition). According to the Wall Street Journal, The World Health Organization will now dictate that providers classify ailments from a choice of roughly 70,000 codes – up from 14,000 under ICD-9.Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. lawmakers will consider measures to address $25 billion in unfunded liabilities for government retiree health benefits. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why the late state budget was worth the wait.

The Affordable Care Act’s name grows more ironic each day

Joe Schoffstall reports for the Washington Free Beacon on the latest sign that the Affordable Care Act is misnamed. Individual market premiums are set to increase by nearly 50 percent in Minnesota despite President Obama’s pledge that his healthcare law would make premiums more affordable. The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently released their 2016 reviewContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Jesse Saffron reports for Carolina Journal Online on high salaries among University of North Carolina bureaucrats. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal examines lawmakers’ decision to end the health care “certificate of public advantage.”

Guess who foots the bill for’s woes?

Do you really have to guess? The latest Bloomberg Businessweek documents the costs for taxpayers of fixing Obamacare’s chief website. The U.S. government paid the main contractor $4 million to correct defects of the botched site and withheld only $267,420 of what it owed the company, according to a new federal audit. The reportContinue Reading