Policy: Health Beat 7.25.13
Katie Carpenter, Interactive Producer for Transforming Health | 07.25.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
Will Obamacare help primary care? (CNN)
Over the past few years, the number of primary care doctors has dropped. Will Obamacare change this trend, especially since there will be more patients? The challenge may be how to measure quality of care and compensate doctors fairly.
House Passes Delay of Major Provisions in Health-Care Law (Bloomberg)
The Republican-led U.S. House voted to postpone two significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement of his first term.
Health-care law is tied to new caps on work hours for part-timers (Washington Post)
Under the health law, companies with 50-plus employees will be required to provide health insurance to all full-time workers or face penalties.
But this month, the Obama administration delayed the employer insurance requirement until January 2015. But employers around the country that capped part-timers’ hours in anticipation of the initial deadline, has no plans to abandon its new 29-hour-a-week limit. This impact on workers is an unintended consequence of the health law.
Hospital charges bear little relationship to the quality of the care, study says (Washington Post)
Data collected for New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington ospitals show that expensive charges for treatment is no guarantee that the hospital is safer than one that lists a cheaper charge.
Will your next physical be done by smartphone? (Washington Post)
Smartphones may offer doctors a more reliable exam while also increasing patient engagement in their health. Within the next decade, some experts think that the smartphone physical could, in fact, replace the traditional physical exam.
Time To Get Out Of The High-Risk Health Insurance Pool? (NPR)
Change is coming for people in 35 state high-risk pools, which offer last-resort coverage for people who have medical conditions that make them otherwise uninsurable.
Obamacare Will Push Health Plan Costs For New Yorkers Down 50 Percent On Average Next Year (NY Times)
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that individuals in New York State buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble in the coming year as changes under the federal health care law take effect.
Obamacare Has Doctors Confused And Skeptical About Future: Survey (Huffington Post)
A new survey shows that a large percentage of physicians are skeptical about the Affordable Care Act and don't believe that their states' health insurance exchanges will meet the Oct. 1 deadline for being open to the public to purchase insurance.
Obama meets with celebs who want to promote Obamacare (CNN)
Health insurance exchanges open to the public on October 1, and President Barack Obama is looking to Hollywood stars to help promote his signature health care law to young Americans.
The president met with celebs like singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Kal Penn and Amy Poehler. A White House official said, “The President stopped by the meeting to engage artists who expressed an interest in helping to educate the public about the benefits of the health law. The reach of these national stars spreads beyond the beltway to fans of their television shows, movies, and music – and the power of these artists to speak through social media is especially critical."
How Obamacare's 'privacy nightmare' database really works (CNN)
The Obamacare health insurance exchanges online will verify applicants by querying data from several federal agencies including the IRS to the Peace Corps and will know who you are, how much money you make, and whether or not you're in the United States legally.
Low-Income Patients Say ER is Better Than Primary Care (RWJF)
New RWJF research helps debunk commonly-held myths about frequent emergency room use.