Report examines key drivers of healthcare cost growth in the U.S.

A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center that examines key drivers of health care costs in the United States concludes that although many experts think that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will decrease the number of uninsured Americans and encourage higher quality care, as well as help control costs, further action is needed in order to slow the rate of healthcare cost growth in the U.S.
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Medicare begins to penalize hospitals for readmissions beginning in October

Over 2000 hospitals across the country stand to lose approximately $280 million in Medicare reimbursement dollars beginning in October 2012, as Medicare begins to penalize hospitals for readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.
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Wellness programs can reduce costs, but those with low income and those in poor health are less likely to enroll

A study of German wellness programs has found that while implementing wellness programs can reduce healthcare costs for those who participate, low income groups and those with “poor” health status are less likely to enroll, according to a study in the Commonwealth Fund.
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