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  • Factsheet on May 27, 2015 ICD-10: A Costly and Complex Health Care Coding System Needs Reform

    New Disease Coding System Scheduled for October 2015 The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes for reporting disease, identifying global health trends, and collecting global statistics. Since the 1980s, the U.S. has linked this system of diagnostic codes to reimbursement for health care services. On October 1, 2015,…

  • Backgrounder posted May 18, 2015 by John Grimsley, John S. O'Shea, M.D. The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors and Patients Will Pay

    On October 1, 2015, a new standardized system of classifying disease will be imposed on practicing physicians and others in the health care sector. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes established for defining and reporting disease, identifying global health trends and collecting global…

  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 20, 2015 by Edmund F. Haislmaier King v. Burwell: Assessing the Claimed Effects of a Decision for the Plaintiffs

    Should the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell—a case challenging the Obama Administration’s implementation of the premium tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that the statute restricts the payment of premium tax credits only to individuals obtaining coverage “through an Exchange established by [a] State,” its ruling would preclude the Treasury paying…

  • Commentary posted July 30, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Trouble with Banning Trans Fats

    Like many Americans, you probably think it’s up to you to determine how healthy your diet is. Well, the Food and Drug Administration has a different idea. You see, the FDA is gunning for the trans fats in your diet. Last year, the agency tentatively decided to revoke the status of partially hydrogenated oils as “Generally Recognized as Safe.” A recent FDA update notes…

  • Posted on May 2, 2014 by Laura Trueman IRS Watchdog: Obamacare Personal Data Not Secure

    As the federal government continues to implement Obamacare, the IRS is the next federal agency to handle the personal...…

  • Posted on April 15, 2014 by Jennifer Marshall Rendering to God What Is God’s

    This year tax day falls on Tuesday of the Christian Holy Week—the day on which, according to the Gospel accounts,...…

  • Posted on April 11, 2014 by Marguerite Bowling To Lead HHS, Obama Picks Overseer of Government Shutdown Decisions

    President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services led the federal government’s response...…

  • Posted on March 27, 2014 by Rich Tucker / Ken McIntyre Heritage’s Salvatori Prize Goes to Families Fighting for Religious Freedom

    NEW ORLEANS -- Two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in defense of religious liberty against a...…

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  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • Backgrounder posted July 9, 2007 by John S. O'Shea, M.D. The Crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments: Overcoming the Burden of Federal Regulation

    There is a deepening crisis in America's hospital emergency rooms. More and more patients are show­ing up for care without the ability to pay for it. The burden on taxpayers and private insurance policy holders is increasing, and doctors and nurses are often overworked while operating in an environment of complex and confusing overregulation, increased liti­gation, and…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Discussion Paper posted December 19, 2011 by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. How to Bring Sanity to Our Mental Health System

    Abstract: Fifty years ago, America began a grand experiment by transferring to the federal government the fiscal responsibility for individuals with mental illnesses. During that half-century, it has become increasingly clear that the experiment has been a costly failure, both in terms of human lives and in terms of dollars. The outcome was, in fact, clear as early as…

  • WebMemo posted January 20, 2011 by Edmund F. Haislmaier Obamacare and Insurance Rating Rules: Increasing Costs and Destabilizing Markets

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] sets new federal insurance rating rules that bar insurers and employer-sponsored health plans from imposing preexisting-condition exclusions under any circumstances, require insurers to provide individual insurance coverage on a guaranteed-issue basis, and limit the extent to which insurers can vary premiums based…

  • Backgrounder posted May 18, 2015 by John Grimsley, John S. O'Shea, M.D. The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors and Patients Will Pay

    On October 1, 2015, a new standardized system of classifying disease will be imposed on practicing physicians and others in the health care sector. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes established for defining and reporting disease, identifying global health trends and collecting global…

  • WebMemo posted January 20, 2011 by Edmund F. Haislmaier Obamacare and Insurance Benefit Mandates: Raising Premiums and Reducing Patient Choice

    A set of provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] gives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sweeping new powers to impose a wide range of detailed benefit requirements on employer-sponsored health plans and major medical policies sold by health insurers. This will effectively make all health insurance benefits…

  • WebMemo posted January 18, 2011 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare and the Independent Payment Advisory Board: Falling Short of Real Medicare Reform

    Under Section 3403 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,[1] Congress established the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a body composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.[2] The board’s stated responsibility is to develop proposals to reduce the growth of Medicare spending. The Secretary of the Department of Health and…

  • WebMemo posted January 18, 2011 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare and the Hidden Public Option: Crowding Out Private Coverage

    Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),[1] the federal government, through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is legally required to sponsor at least two national health insurance plans beginning in 2014.[2] These OPM-sponsored plans would automatically be eligible to compete against private health insurance offered in the new health insurance…

  • Legal Memorandum posted June 15, 2012 by John Malcolm Obama v. Religious Liberty: How Legal Challenges to the HHS Contraceptive Mandate Will Vindicate Every American’s Right to Freedom of Religion

    Abstract: James Madison once wrote that “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.” Yet this sacred property is now under assault from an increasingly avaricious federal government. The contraceptive mandate—a regulatory mandate issued pursuant to Obamacare—requires that religiously affiliated institutions provide contraceptives or abortifacients. Providing such…

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  • Factsheet on May 27, 2015 ICD-10: A Costly and Complex Health Care Coding System Needs Reform

    New Disease Coding System Scheduled for October 2015 The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes for reporting disease, identifying global health trends, and collecting global statistics. Since the 1980s, the U.S. has linked this system of diagnostic codes to reimbursement for health care services. On October 1, 2015,…

  • Backgrounder posted May 18, 2015 by John Grimsley, John S. O'Shea, M.D. The New Disease Classification (ICD-10): Doctors and Patients Will Pay

    On October 1, 2015, a new standardized system of classifying disease will be imposed on practicing physicians and others in the health care sector. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes established for defining and reporting disease, identifying global health trends and collecting global…

  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 20, 2015 by Edmund F. Haislmaier King v. Burwell: Assessing the Claimed Effects of a Decision for the Plaintiffs

    Should the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell—a case challenging the Obama Administration’s implementation of the premium tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that the statute restricts the payment of premium tax credits only to individuals obtaining coverage “through an Exchange established by [a] State,” its ruling would preclude the Treasury paying…

  • Issue Brief posted February 28, 2014 by Daren Bakst Is the FDA Getting Out of Control?

    Acting on its own volition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using the regulatory process to gain unprecedented control of food policy and remove dietary choices from Americans. Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA is pushing extreme policies to regulate in areas that have never been federally regulated. Recent examples highlight this…

  • Issue Brief posted January 10, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released

    In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. The report’s…

  • Issue Brief posted December 12, 2012 by Nina Owcharenko, Edmund F. Haislmaier Medicaid Expansion and State Health Exchanges: A Risky Proposition for the States

    Recent decisions by the Obama Administration concerning the health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion underscore what a risky proposition the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is for the states. Congress presumed in PPACA (Obamacare) that the states would agree to build and run exchanges and could be forced to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court,…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

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