Three things you should know this week

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week:

Healthcare spending growth slows in Massachusetts
Commonwealth Magazine breaks down a study from the Center for Health Information Analysis on Massachusetts healthcare spending.  According to the study, state healthcare expenditures hit $50.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2012, which represents a “slowing” in spending growth. The Boston Globe attributes the spending slow-down to the recent recession, provisions of the Affordable Care Act, quality-based payment programs for doctors and hospitals, and more cost-sharing plans aimed at consumers.

High housing costs could lead to cutbacks in healthcare for seniors
A new study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies & AARP Foundation states that America’s seniors are facing a shortage of “affordable, physically-accessible and well-located homes.” As reported in Forbes, the study states that “high housing costs force millions of low-income older adults to sacrifice spending on other necessities, including food and health care.”

Beware misleading ads for medical products, services
On the Community Catalyst blog, physician Stephen R. Smith calls formore stringent government regulation of advertising of health products and services.” Citing deceptive advertising for low testosterone treatments and screenings designed to detect strokes, Smith says that consumers can be “misled into buying services and products they can’t fully assess, and don’t really need.”


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