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.

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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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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AAPCHO: Practice Transformation Resources

This annotated bibliography of resources to support the transformation of physician practice in becoming patient-centered medical homes has been published by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). The resources are especially useful for community health centers but … Continue reading

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White House: Benefits of Affordable Care Act – National and State Fact Sheets

This fact sheet from the White House summarizes the benefits that millions of Americans already have received from the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including: + 71 million Americans on private insurance have gained coverage … Continue reading

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