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Nov. 9, 2017
Volume VIII |  Issue 45     
CBO: Repealing Health Coverage Mandate Would Save $338 Billion
Alison Kodjak | NPR
House Republicans are toying with the idea of repealing the so-called individual mandate - a key part of the Affordable Care Act - as part of their plan to overhaul the tax code. Getting rid of the requirement that everyone in the country have health insurance coverage would save the government $338 billion over the next decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Wednesday.


For Active Seniors, Cohousing Offers A Cozier Alternative To Downsizing  
Sharon Jayson | KHN

It's not a commune and there's no sharing of income, though decision-making is by consensus. Cohousing bolsters sharing - a lawnmower, tools or an on-site laundromat, as well as guest quarters for out-of-town visitors. Homes are private, clustered near a common space where homeowners meet regularly to share meals and build community. Of the nation's 168 cohousing communities, almost all are intergenerational. But now, as increasing numbers of aging adults eschew the idea of institutional living, cohousing has become an attractive option.
Billing Under Another Provider's Number Can Land Physicians in Hot Water
Emma Cecil  
Mutual Matters
An Oklahoma physician agreed on August 28, 2017 to pay the government $580,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to the Medicare program for services he did not provide or supervise. According to the government, the physician allowed a company that employed him and in which he had an ownership interest, to use his national provider identification (NPI) numbers to bill Medicare for physical therapy evaluation and management services that he did not provide or supervise. The government further alleged that after he separated from the company and deactivated his NPIs associated with the company, he reactivated those NPIs so that the company could use them to bill Medicare for services he neither performed nor supervised.
The Limits of Behavioral Economics in Medicine 
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS | The Incidental Economist
A thorough review published in The New England Journal of Medicine about a decade ago estimated that up to two-thirds of medication-related hospital admissions in the United States were because of noncompliance, at a cost of about $100 billion a year. These included treatments for H.I.V., high blood pressure, mental health and childhood illnesses...To address the issue, researchers have been trying various strategies, including those rooted in behavioral economics. So far, there hasn't been much progress.