Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation for Hepatitis B Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation to upgrade screening for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in non-pregnant adolescents and adults at high risk for infection from a “D” recommendation to a “B” recommendation. Persons considered … Continue reading

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Congress Outlines Bipartisan Agreement for Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Payment Formula

The bipartisan leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senate Finance Committee have announced an agreement to finally repeal and replace the problematic Medicare Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula for physicians under … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: First Year Savings from Medicare and Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced “interim” first year savings data from both the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Pioneer ACOs. In its press release, CMS reports that among the 114 … Continue reading

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Congressional Budget Office: Budget and Economic Forecast for 2014-2024

These are the sections of the 182-page report (Appendices B and C) issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) with its budget and economic forecast for the next ten years, federal fiscal years 2014-2024. The finding by the CBO in … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Strong Enrollment of Eligible Hospitals and Providers in HITECH Act EHR Incentive Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated data (as of November 2013) about the number of eligible hospitals and providers who have registered for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act incentive payments … Continue reading

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Congressional Budget Office: Analysis of Impact of Affordable Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its latest analysis of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as part of other reports updating the economic and budget deficit forecasts for 2014. Highlights of the analysis … Continue reading

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RWJF-Health Affairs Policy Brief: Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act

This policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Affairs examines the critical issue of enrolling uninsured young adults in health insurance coverage. According to 2008 Census data, 37 percent of individuals ages 19-25 are uninsured, and 25 … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: 123 New Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations Announced for 2014

In a late and quiet announcement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced 123 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), to begin operations next week, on January 1, 2014. According to CMS, these new … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013: The Uninsured in America

As Monday’s December 23, 2013 deadline approaches for enrollment in health insurance coverage that would begin in January 1, 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), here are two resources to remind us of the need for … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Request for Information on Accountable Care Organization Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for information for comments and ideas about accountable care organization (ACO) models, including whether CMS should fund another round of Pioneer ACOs, and what new or alternate ACO … Continue reading

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