The health spending mystery

Not surprisingly, the Obama administration suggests that the Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”) is a main cause. “As ACA Implementation Continues, Consumer Health Care Cost Growth Has Slowed” is the headline of a recent White House blog post by Alan Krueger, head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Many statistical sources, he notes, confirm the slowdown. […]

How Fortune 500 companies plan to cut health costs: Act like Medicare

<!– Text Size Print Reprints –> Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the latest edition […]

The Face of Future Health Care

The organization, which combines a nonprofit insurance plan with its own hospitals and clinics, is the kind of holistic health system that President Obama’s health care law encourages. Kaiser has sophisticated electronic records and computer systems that — after 10 years and $30 billion in technology spending — have led to better-coordinated patient care, another […]