Standard & Poors released its latest monthly healthcare economic indices today. "Over the year ending April 2011, healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance increased by 7.13%, as measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Commercial Index. Medicare claim costs rose at an annual rate of 2.48%, as measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Medicare Index. With April’s data, the Medicare Index posted another record low annual growth rate in its six-year history." In other words, Medicare continues to shift costs onto the private sector.
HHS released a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy today . Modern Healthcare explains
Authorized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention Strategy is based on the view that good health comes not just from good medical care, but also from things such as clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy food and violence-free environments. It centers on four strategies: building healthy and safe community environments, expanding quality preventive services in both clinical and community settings, helping people make healthy choices and eliminating health disparities.