Morning CheckUp: April 10, 2012

Study finds health law increases the deficit: “President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.” [Washington Post]

Recession boosted hospital expansions into affluent areas: “Amid the recession, hospitals have been aggressively establishing footholds in affluent areas outside their traditional market boundaries as they fight for the patients with the best insurance, according to a new study.” [Kaiser Health News]

HHS delays new billing system unpopular with doctors: “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday formally delayed new billing rules that doctors have criticized as overly complicated. HHS gave doctors an extra year to begin using a new set of codes when billing insurance companies for their services.” [Healthwatch]

With cancer care, the U.S. spends more, but gets more: “By now it’s hardly news that the U.S. spends more than every other industrialized country on health care. But a new study suggests that at least when it comes to cancer care, Americans may actually be getting decent value.” [NPR]


Lung cancer screening insurance benefit would save lives at relatively low cost: “Lung cancer screening would save thousands of lives at a relatively low cost if such tests were routinely covered by commercial insurers, according to a first-of-its-kind actuarial study in the April issue of Health Affairs.” [Health Affairs]