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DICTIONARY: Health Economics and Finance

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PODCAST: Healthcare Service and Sacrifice [Economics 101]

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DICTIONARY: Health Economics and Finance

BY DR. DAVID E. MARCINKO MBA

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“”Medical economics and finance is an integral component of the health care industrial complex. Its language is a diverse and broad-based concept covering many other industries: accounting, insurance, mathematics and statistics, public health, provider recruitment and retention, Medicare, health policy, forecasting, aging and long-term care, are all commingled arenas.

The Dictionary of Health Economics and Finance will be an essential tool for doctors, nurses and clinicians, benefits managers, executives and health care administrators, as well as graduate students and patients? With more than 5,000 definitions, 3,000 abbreviations and acronyms, and a 2,000 item oeuvre of resources, readings, and nomenclature derivatives? it covers the financial and economics language of every health care industry sector.””
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PODCAST: The Income and Substitution Effects in Healthcare Finance

Important Economic Concepts to UNDERSTAND

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One of Their Applications Pertains to the Impact on Time Spent Working Vs. Time Spend on Leisure if a Healthcare Worker’s Pay is Changed.

DEFINITION: The INCOME EFFECT States That If a Worker’s Pay is Decreased, They Will Work More Hours to Maintain the Same Income. Conversely, If a Worker’s Pay is Increased, They Will Work Fewer Hours and Still Maintain the Same Income.

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A Real-World Example of the Income Effect is When Medicare Decreased Reimbursement for Echocardiograms and as a Result, Decreased Cardiologists’ Pay. Accordingly, Cardiology Practices Increased the Number of Patients They Saw Per Day to Make Up for the Lost Pay and Maintain Their Income.

The SUBSTITUTION EFFECT States That Work and Leisure Time Have OPPORTUNITY COSTS for Each Other.

If a Worker’s Pay Goes Up, then the Opportunity Cost for Leisure (i.e. Not Working) Also Goes Up and the Worker Will Work MORE, Not LESS. Conversely, If a Worker’s Pay Goes Down, then the Opportunity Cost for Leisure Goes Down and the Worker Will Work LESS, Not MORE.

Whether the Income or Substitution Effect Dominates Depends on the Person and the Situation.

THE POINT: In the World of Fee-for-Service Reimbursement, a Decrease in Doctor Pay Per Service May Result in Doctors Providing More Services In Order to Maintain Their Income… Nullifying Any Cost-Savings.

PODCAST: The Income and Substitution Effects Are Important Economic Concepts to Understand in Healthcare Finance.

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As Ezra Klein noted, The Bipartisan Policy Center included this infographic in their report on obesity and its economic consequences (PDF).

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Is this graphic even accurate?

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Update on How Physicians Get Paid in 2010-11 [A slide show]

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From prior posts and comments on this ME-P, we know that most patients don’t have a clue about how doctors get paid in the real world of health insurance reimbursement.

A Popular Topic

We know this because prior posts on the topic have consistently been among the most popular on this platform. For example:

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And so, we have taken the liberty of drilling down the topic, to a more granular level, in this attached .ppt presentation.

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Healthcare is complicated, and there is no single, silver-bullet answer to the question of “How do we best improve the current system?”  

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But, thoughtful discussions will help move reform in the right direction and mend the fractured system; especially in terms of entitlements, costs and spending, etc.

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1. Unions pressure Democrats on health insurance tax
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2. Is there a doctor in the corporation? Maybe soon
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3. Sebelius Statement on Benefits of Health Insurance Reform for Businesses
HHS Press Release, December 3, 2009

4. Majority of employers would reduce health benefits to avoid proposed excise tax
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5. U.S. unemployed face higher healthcare premiums
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6. Public support for health-care reform is high, but some CFOs take a different view
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7. Survey: Growing worker stress seen in benefits use
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8. Employers Play Dr. Mom to Limit Swine Flu Impact
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9. Health Care Savings Could Start in the Cafeteria
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10. Ford, GM Face $2.5 Billion First VEBA Bill
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11. Plan credits healthy habits – Employer cuts costs by allowing workers to ‘earn’ lower rates
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12. Health Care: GE Gets Radical
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Barriers to Free Market Competition in Healthcare Delivery

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Much has been written here, and elsewhere, about free market competition in healthcare; especially in light of the current national political debates. Yet, these markets are not free.

Like Evolution – Healthcare Competition is Only a Theory

Perfectly competitive healthcare markets are not free; they exist only in economic theory as a useful comparative artifice. In reality, industries and markets have varying constraints on competition. The healthcare industry has often been characterized as unique with its many significant barriers to free market competition, such as market controls on price and quality.

According to colleague Robert James Cimasi, of Health Capital Consultants LLC, in St. Louis MO; there are three main reasons for these barriers in healthcare:

Competitive Healthcare Barriers 

  1. The nature of healthcare creates an unpredictable, urgent, and “infinite” level of demand.
  2. The ubiquitous involvement of insurance companies, private and governmental, as intermediary organizations in the purchase of healthcare interferes with consumer motivations and consequently their choice of providers and services.
  3. The difficulties in measuring healthcare quality and beneficial outcomes (both of quantifying and qualifying them) and the lack of information on the relative costs of healthcare providers and services also inhibit consumer selection, further removing incentives to providers to increase quality and lower costs. 


Barriers to Healthcare Competition               

Included among the many other barriers to competition in healthcare delivery are the following:

  • Patients don’t purchase services directly from providers;
  • Patients don’t compare prices between providers;
  • The government is the largest purchaser of healthcare;
  • Private purchasers often lack market power;
  • Patients, purchasers and providers lack information;
  • Occupational licensing;
  • Many providers have monopoly or near-monopoly power (yet antitrust laws prevent some potentially beneficial integration);
  • Providers are rewarded for increasing costs;
  • Capital investments are overly subsidized (It should be noted that Stigler argues that an industry will not use its power to collect money from the government unless the list of beneficiaries can be limited, due to the fact the amount of subsidies will be divided among a growing number of rivals.*
  • Certificate of Need (CON), regulation, and licensing laws are an entry barrier to competing and substitute providers and services; and
  • Exit barriers protect low-quality providers.

Assessment

Of course, the supply side is also flagrantly encouraged by excessive medical testing, procedural interventions and surgery; mostly excused by malpractice phobia as a well as the personal financial interests of involved stakeholders.

References

Stigler, George J. “The Theory of Economic Regulation.” The Bell Journal of Economics and Management Science. Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1971): 5.

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On HIT Cost Savings

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According to David M. Cutler, of the Center for American Progress Fund [CAPF] on May 11, 2009, health care will be the major challenge to the federal budget in coming decades. Rising health costs will account for nearly all of the expected increase in government spending relative to gross domestic product [GDP].

Healthcare Costs and GDP

Health care currently accounts for 16 percent of domestic GDP, and that share is forecast to nearly double in the next quarter century. Spending money on health care is not bad, but wasting money is very bad.

Link: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2009/05/health_modernization.htmlHIT

HIT to the Rescue

But, $600 billion might be saved over the next ten years, and $9 trillion saved over the next 25 years, if HIT initiatives are used; says the CAPF.

Assessment

Estimates suggest that a third or more of medical spending—perhaps $700 billion per year—is not known to be worth the cost. Wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on inefficient health care is a luxury the country cannot afford.

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Medlytix is a healthcare consulting and technology firm specializing in the field of predictive payment analytics. Utilizing sophisticated data mining and scoring strategies, the company reports enhanced hospital revenue cycles and collections for healthcare providers across the country.

The Business of Healthcare

It is a fact that consumers treat medical bills differently than other financial obligations. So, Medlytix customizes revenue-enhancement strategies to target each provider’s individual market.

Suite of Services

All stakeholders benefit from a more efficient operation – from provider to patient. Medlytix offers expertise and technology to enhance the cash conversion and revenue cycle by eliminating inefficiencies while maximizing collections. A customized strategy that’s based on specific needs is crafted. Three offerings include: 1.Medilyzer, 2. Predyx, and 3. Consulting services to improve the bottom line.

Non-Profits Hospitals

Non-profit hospitals exist to serve their communities with quality healthcare accessible to all. By helping hospitals pinpoint charity-care patients who are truly in need, the focus is on the patient.

Assessment 

The mission of Medlytix is to build a healthier bottom line for hospitals. As fiscal strength improves, better hospitals provide better service to patients.

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Hospital Financial Capital Capacity

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Hospital capital capacity is all about risk.

A Risk Measurement

Since capital investments have risks associated with them, capital capacity is a measurement of how much risk a hospital can bear. Capital capacity is not simple to determine. Capital investments introduce varying levels of risk, depending on the relative uncertainty of the benefits to be derived.

For example, one million dollars invested in an MRI at a hospital that has a two-month backlog for scheduling MRIs has much lower risk than $1 million invested in a new service like a PET scanner.

Profit Margins

Profit margins affect capital capacity. Larger profit margins create larger capacity for uncertainty which implies more risk and that means more capital capacity. Higher liquidity means more capital capacity. Lower debt leverage means more capital capacity. Liquidity and leverage are balance sheet ratios. Both imply capacity to absorb uncertain outcomes; both affect capital capacity.

Capital Determinations

Determining capital capacity is more art than science because of the variability in risk presented by various capital investments and the subjectivity associated with trying to measure that uncertainty.

That having been said, it is important to build models that estimate capital capacity. Most capital capacity models ignore the variability in risk presented by capital investments. They are typically built from published rating agency financial ratio medians. These models are based on the view that financial ratios of similar rating categories represent equivalent risks.

Of course, this is a simplistic view as it suggests that credit analysts simply categorize risk on the basis of financial ratios. It is not the case as the recent financial meltdown has demonstrated. Even the major credit rating agencies have been implicated as suspect; of late

Assessment

Published medians are the result of credit analysis, not the basis for credit analysis. Importantly, what is not usually published is the range or distribution around these medians. Models that estimate risk need to differentiate among risks presented by capital investments. Capital investments with little risk should consume less capital capacity than capital investments with a lot of risk.

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Reporting in a January 6, 2009 article in Politico, Chris Frates says the healthcare industry could potentially gain more than $100 billion from the $775 billion economic stimulus plan that President-elect Obama and congressional Democrats are now assembling.

 

Insiders Speak

Frates reports that some pundits opine the vast majority [$80 billion] will be earmarked for state Medicaid programs. Apparently, President-elect Obama now realizes that many states have been put into a bad financial position, with failing budgets and increasing pressure on Medicaid programs, and massive layoffs across the country.

Health IT Earmarks

The other $20 billion would likely go to updating medical care delivery with health information technology. The money probably will be distributed as pay-for-performance [P4P] rewards, with some of it being used as grants to hospitals and healthcare systems that need help building IT infrastructures.

Assessment

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Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. Can Obama achieve his stated healthcare goal of complete eMR adoption within five years?

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Breaking News – “U Can Use”

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Mental Health Policy: The Senate adopted HR.-6049 with mental-health parity. Bipartisan lawmakers are working to make the bill law before 2009.

Regulations: Under new Medicare regulations, doctors, with a financial stake in hospitals, must tell referred patients about ownership links.

Compliance: CMS proposed October 1, 2011, for full implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), code sets.   

Policy:  Congress [S. 2041 and HR 4854] is considering changes to the False Claims Act that could lead to more vigorous qui tam litigation.

Accreditation: CMS approved Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas [DNV] to accredit hospitals for Conditions of Participation [COP] standards. Authority to also certify ISO 9001 compliance runs, through 2012.

Bankruptcy: Hospitals filing bankruptcy this quarter include: a two-hospital system in Honolulu; one in Pontiac, MI; Trinity Hospital in Erin, Tennessee; Century City Doctors Hospital in Beverly Hills, Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago, and the four-hospital-system Hospital Partners of America, in Charlotte. 

Insurance: First Professionals Insurance Company told the SEC that it held securities with an amortized cost of $4.1 million in Lehman Brothers, $2.1M in American International Group, $2.5M in Morgan Stanley, $2.1M in Washington Mutual and $300,000 in Fannie Mae.

Business: Emdeon, a developer of revenue and payment cycle health management products, acquired the patient statement business of GE HIT.

Finance: Minnesota’s HealthPartners new Web tool provides prices for 83 procedures in its primary care and radiology network.

More info: www.HealthcareFinancials.com print-journal and November 2008 – February 2009 issue: http://healthcarefinancials.com/Nov08Jan2009.aspx

Disclosure: Dr. David Edward Marcinko is the editor of Healthcare Organizations: [Financial Management Strategies].

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