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Feb
14

Research Roundup – or, stuff you don’t have to read because I did.

There’s so much great research published every day – and a lot of crap too – that it is impossible to figure out A) what should I read and B) what does it mean.

So, here’s what I found worth reading of late.

A Dutch study on the impact of automation on the workforce found:

  • annually. 0.7% of workers left their employer due to automation
  • higher-educated and higher-paid workers are MORE likely to be affected than their lower-wage colleagues
  • overall the impact of automation is a lot less than from mass layoffs.

Employer sponsored health insurance:

  • covers more Americans than any other type of insurance
  • 156 million of us get insurance from our employers – Medicare is second, at less than half that number

BUT – the percentage of Americans covered by employer-sponsored health insurance actually DROPPED over the last 20 years.

Of course, it’s not so much if you have insurance – it’s how much you have to pay out of pocket. Which, to coin a phrase, is becoming a ship-load as deductibles have exploded. Total worker cost sharing has increased about 50% over the last decade.

Meanwhile, employer-sponsored health insurance costs per member have gone up a lot faster than Medicare and Medicaid.

Finally, the good folks at WCRI have published a new compendium sure to be of interest – State Policies on Treatment Guidelines and Utilization Management: A National Inventory. Get it here. Kudos to  Dongchun Wang, Kathryn Mueller, and Randy Lea for what was undoubtedly a LOT of work.


2 thoughts on “Research Roundup – or, stuff you don’t have to read because I did.”

  1. Great stats to highlight. The split-off between deductibles and copays stick out like a sore person on Valentine’s Day. Wonder why the decrease in copay spending? Is it just more plans moving towards high deductible/no copay?

    1. Hello Mat – thanks for the note – I believe you captured it – deductibles are replacing copays. I personally think this is stupid – but it is easy for insurers to administer and keeps their costs down.

      But it is crappy policy and does not help improve health.

      cheers Joe

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