Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: 11 States Awarded State Innovation Model Implementation Grants; 17 States, DC and 3 Territories Receive Planning Grants

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has announced Round Two awards for the State Innovation Model, authorized by section 3201 of the Affordable Care Act, with 4-year implementation (test) awards to 11 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, New … Continue reading

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Health Research & Educational Trust: A Framework for Stratifying Race, Ethnicity and Language Data

This guide from the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines a framework for hospitals and health systems to stratify patient race, ethnicity, and language data to identify and eliminate health care disparities. The framework includes the following five steps: Assemble a … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed regulation that would make significant changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO).  This is the only ACO program specifically authorized by Congress in the … Continue reading

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Peterson Center on Healthcare Launched to Transform U.S. Healthcare

Today the Peter G. Peterson Foundation announced the launch of the Peterson Center on Healthcare, a new organization dedicated to transforming U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system that delivers high-quality care at a lower cost. With an initial commitment of $200 … Continue reading

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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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