It’s going to be a frightfully busy weekend here in the nation’s Capitol. The time for thrills, chills … and witches is right around the corner. And, no, we’re not talking about the mid-term elections next week -- but Halloween! So whether you’re out trick-or-treating, roaming the streets as a zombie (or faster as a marathon runner) or just keeping fear alive, we wouldn’t want you to be haunted by the ghosts of great posts gone by. So while you’re carving up your pumpkins, be sure to carve out some time to read this week’s ghoulish addition of Health Wonk Review. Boo!
Your neighborhood trick-or-treaters may think Skittles and Reeses Cups are a valid form of currency, but the Congressional Budget Office doesn’t score your Halloween haul. Sadly after a certain age, a stash of M&Ms and Twizzlers just won't pay. So if candy won't pay for health reform, Maggie Mahar over at HealthBeat knows what will.
We know that the health care system can sometimes be harder to navigate than a corn maze under a full moon. As Jason Shafrin of the Healthcare Economist explains, misaligned incentives and complex payment policies can lead to double double toil and trouble for skilled nursing and general nursing facilities.
Writing over at the Colorado Health Insurance Insider, Louise Norris tells the wicked tale of a few Midwestern insurers that are being accused of casting spells again—this time, on consumers, hexing them with misinformation about private insurance policies.