Category Archives: Health Care Reform

Opportunities to Advance Patient-Centeredness and Equity

With the historic enactment of national health care reform in March 2010, it can be a little overwhelming to understand all the details and implications of this huge structural shift in national health care policy.

As I continue to refine my own knowledge and understanding of the national health care reform law, I will share my analyses and presentations here. I will be highlighting what I call the “patient-centeredness” and “equity” elements of the legislation, two of the components of health care quality identified by the Institute of Medicine.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights: Proposed Rule on Nondiscrimination under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released a pre-publication version of its long-awaited proposed rule on nondiscrimination under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The proposed rule applies to the … Continue reading

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum: Immigrant Outreach – Applying Health Care Enrollment Best Practices to Deferred Action

This report from the Asian and Pacific American Health Forum describes how the lessons learned and best practices identified in conducting outreach to, and assisting immigrants, especially Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, enroll in health care insurance through the health … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare and Pioneer ACOs Report Results

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reported the most recent quality and shared savings results from the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) established by the Affordable Care Act, as well as the 20 Pioneer ACOs … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires Medicare managed care plans (Medicare Advantage) to assess certain health outcomes of their member Medicare beneficiaries.  The Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) is used to survey a random sample of 1,200 Medicare beneficiaries … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project: Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement

This “patient charter” developed by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project (now the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance) describes a set of principles for measuring, reporting, and tiering physician quality performance from a patient/consumer perspective.  The charter has been endorsed by AARP, the National Partnership for … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Improving Health Care Through Transparency and Performance Measurement

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance has published this “message handbook” to support health care improvement through transparency and performance measurement.  The publication includes communications tools and measures to support health care quality performance measurement generally, as well as specifically on accountability, cost … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Ten Criteria for Meaningful and Useful Measures of Performance

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance has published these criteria for evaluating measures of health care quality performance.  These criteria reflect the perspectives of those who receive and pay for care, and should be used to guide the development, endorsement, and use of … Continue reading

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RCN Foundation: How Has the Affordable Care Act Benefitted Medically Underserved Communities? National Findings from the 2014 Community Health Centers Uniform Data System

This policy research brief from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative describes the impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance coverage among patients served by the nation’s community health centers.  Based on data collected from nearly … Continue reading

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Send Comment to CMS by September 8 to Support Race and Ethnicity Data Stratification in Medicare Physician Quality Reporting

BACKGROUND The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking public comments on whether physician quality measures from the Physician Quality Reporting System and on the Physician Compare web site should be reported and stratified by patients’ race, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Qualis Health: Oral Health An Essential Component of Primary Care

Oral health is essential for healthy development and healthy aging, yet nationwide there is an unacceptably high burden of oral disease. This white paper from Qualis Health makes the case for incorporating preventive oral healthcare as a component of routine … Continue reading

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