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By
Ken Thorpe, PhD and Doug Holtz-Eakin, PhD
05/05/2015

Fifty years is a milestone whether it is a person’s age, a marriage or the number of years in business.  Medicare is no different, and this summer marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare program into law at a bill-signing ceremony where he presented former President Harry Truman and his wife, Bess, with the first two Medicare cards.

By
Ken Thorpe, PhD
04/21/2015

It’s no secret that the number of people with diabetes is increasing. Twenty-seven percent of Medicare beneficiaries are diabetic, and another 50 percent are prediabetic. And as Americans live longer but with more chronic conditions, it is imperative that we find innovative programs to provide effective care to patients with diabetes while combating wasteful Medicare spending.
 

By
PFM
04/06/2015

The Medicare Advantage (MA) program has received a lot of attention over the past six weeks. Every year between late February and early April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release a preliminary and final notice of MA payment rates, which impact both plans and patients. This “rate notice period” stimulates significant debate around policy changes to the program.  
 

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By
Ken Thorpe, PhD
01/21/2015

With a new year comes a brand new batch of resolutions, and this year was no different. Unsurprisingly, weight loss continued to top the list in 2015. While everyone has great intentions on January 1, evidence shows that most have given up on their resolutions by the second or third week of the month. With this day rapidly approaching, it’s important to note that the CDC is offering some timely help this year. At the very end of 2015, the CDC introduced new standards allowing more digital flexibility in its National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).
 

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