Medicare's cost surprise: It's going down
This sounds great! The claim is health care costs went down due to the Affordable Care Act,
Buntin’s initial findings appeared in 2013, early in the Obama administration’s second term, when it became clear that health care cost increases were slowing down — but it wasn’t clear why.
Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs," President Barack Obama declared in his February 2013 State of the Union speech.
In looking back in 2013 many of my Medicare clients were experiencing high claims from hospital stays and deniels of skilled nursing due to a change in the admission process.
Instead of admitting for a MEDICAL CONDITION they were admitted for OBSERVATION THE FIRST DAY. This did not meet the Medicare requirement
It did reflect costs going down due to shifting the burden to the Seniors. Congress finally stepped in and put forth legislation to have providers explain to the patient about the difference of being admitted
For a observattion rather than a Medical condition. To me this shows a manipulation of facts to meet the criteria the person is looking for. Was it fair to put the burden on the Seniors to show
A success in a health program created by government
Transparancy, honest reporting is a must. If we want to reduce costs then lets look at the big ticket items. Pharmacy and inflated charges for services.
Our costs for services has skyrocketed over the last 8 years. We need to address NOW not in the future.