Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

On Executives Orders…and Immigration History and Policies

The Executive Order signed today by President Barack Obama will dramatically change the lives of five million undocumented immigrants who have lived here in the United States for many years, worked hard, paid taxes, raised their families, and contributed to … Continue reading

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Melissa Stafford Jones Named New HHS Region IX Regional Director

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced the appointment of Melissa Stafford Jones as the Region IX Regional Director.  As a Regional Director, Stafford Jones will serve as a key representative of the Department of Health … Continue reading

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Families USA: Network Adequacy and Health Equity

This policy brief from Families USA describes the issue of network adequacy and its importance for achieving health equity for communities of color, individuals who speak languages other than English, and other populations experiencing health disparities.  As more previously uninsured individuals … Continue reading

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Health Access: California’s Uneven Safety Net – A Survey of County Health Care

This 2013 report from Health Access describes county-funded “indigent” health care programs for low-income residents in California. While there are comprehensive county-based programs in counties such as San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Los Angeles, there are minimal … Continue reading

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American Community Survey: Language Use in the U.S., 2011

This data brief from the U.S. Census Bureau reports data from the 2011 American Community Survey about language use in the United States.  It provides useful background information for health care systems and providers to learn about the potential language … Continue reading

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Advocacy to Make Increased Medicaid Primary Care Payments Permanent

National primary care physician organizations, including the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Academy of Pediatrics, have taken policy positions supporting making permanent the increased Medicaid primary care payments for calendar years 2013 and 2014 under … Continue reading

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Increasing Medicaid Primary Care Fees for Certain Physicians in 2013 and 2014

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes section 1202 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which authorized increased payments during calendar years 2013 and 2014 to primary care providers under the Medicaid program at rates equivalent … Continue reading

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicaid Financing – Overview of the Federal Medicaid Matching Rate

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), or the federal matching rate for the Medicaid program. The FMAP is generally 50% for the majority of states, but as high as 74% for … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Final Rule on Medicaid Payments for Certain Primary Care Providers

This final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements section 1202 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), which authorizes increased payments during calendar years 2013 and 2014 to Medicaid primary care providers at … Continue reading

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5th Accountable Care Congress: Accountable Care as B2B and Patient Engagement, Moving Beyond Medicare into Medicaid and Private Exchanges

This year’s (5th) Accountable Care Congress (which conspicuously dropped the accountable care “organization” from its conference name) was much more somber, and well, business-like. There wasn’t the buzz and excitement of the first years about launching new ACO models under … Continue reading

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