Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 7.2 Million Additional Americans Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP Under ACA

In a report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicaid enrollment numbers grew to over 66 million in June 2014 with more than 7.2 million additional people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program compared … Continue reading

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Conflicting Court Opinions on Availability of Federal Tax Subsidies in Federally-Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace

This past month saw directly conflicting U.S. Court of Appeals decisions issued on the issue of whether federal tax credits are available to subsidize premiums for low-income individuals obtaining health insurance coverage through the federally-facilited health insurance marketplace under the … Continue reading

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Covered California Announces Health Plan Premiums for 2015

Covered California, California’s state-based health insurance marketplace established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has announced tentative premiums and federal tax credit subsidies for individual health insurance coverage from the ten health plans that will be offering health … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Final Rule on Patient Access to Lab Results

This final regulation published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in February 2014 clarifies that patients have the right to directly receive their own laboratory results, overcoming rationales that used the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Resource Guide on Equity

This resource guide on health care equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation includes references for tools to support race, ethnicity, and language data collection, tools to reduce disparities, and national and state reports on health care disparities. Link to … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Issue Brief on Equity

This issue brief on equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes efforts by its Aligning Forces for Quality program sites to reduce disparities in the quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. Many of the activities described focus … Continue reading

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Health Research & Education Trust: The Second Curve of Population Health

This issue brief from the Health Research & Education Trust of the American Hospital Association and the Association for Community Health Improvement highlights the role that hospitals and health systems can have in advancing the third component of the triple … Continue reading

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American Hospital Association: Your Hospital’s Path to the Second Curve – Integration and Transformation

This issue brief from the American Hospital Association (AHA) describes the need for hospitals to transform from volume-based payments to value-based revenue and business models. Environmental pressures are driving hospitals and care systems toward greater clinical integration, more financial risk … Continue reading

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Health Research & Education Trust: Second Curve Roadmap for Health Care

This “roadmap” from the Health Research & Education Trust of the American Hospital Association uses a futurist framework to describe the coming of the “second curve” (phase) for health care organizations, moving from a “first curve” of volume-based, largely fee-for-service … Continue reading

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Health Research & Education Trust: Metrics for the Second Curve of Health Care

This report from the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Education Trust describes how hospitals and health systems will need to shift from a “first curve” of primarily fee-for-service, volume-based payments to a “second curve” of value-based payments based on … Continue reading

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