Top stories in health and medicine, December 18, 2014
Most health care news in the past two years has been about the Affordable Care Act. The new law provides neither care nor affordable health care.
More people are covered by insurance with the down side, it covers less, costs more, has fewer providers, and less access. This at the expense of everyone, except those in the bottom brackets and without previous insurance.. The gain is that previously uninsured must be enrolled no matter what pre-existing condition they have.
This last statement is a black hole for insurers as to what to expect in their new enrollees. Some of these patients are very ill and may be in SNFs for chronic care. In addition hospitals will face shortened stays to reduce cost, and fines if patients return for re-admission 30 days. Shorteing stays will increase re-admission rates.