In many communities across the United States, poverty is a depressingly reliable indicator of health outcomes and health system performance. a new photo-rich interactive feature examines three communities that are exceptions to this rule: Southern Arizona, West Central Michigan, and Western New York.
Administrative costs account for 25 percent of total U.S. hospital spending, according to a new study that compares these costs across eight nations. The United States had the highest administrative costs; Scotland and Canada had the lowest.
Drawing on a review of the literature and interviews with consumers, providers, payers, and policymakers, this report explores strategies states are deploying to address or eliminate system-level barriers to integrated care for a medically complex and high-cost Medicaid population.