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.

California School-Based Health Alliance: Making the Health Home Model Work for Boys and Young Men of Color

This policy brief from the California School-Based Health Alliance and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network describes how health homes can provide improved health care and related services to boys and young men of color. The brief describes the disparities in … Continue reading

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Comments on Proposed Changes for Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking comments on proposed changes to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey and the CAHPS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) item set.  Additional technical details about … Continue reading

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Urban Institute: Characteristics of Those Affected by King v. Burwell

The Urban Institute has published this policy brief which analyzes the impact of a potential ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the pending King v. Burwell case that the federal health insurance exchange cannot offer federal tax credits to … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published the 2015 federal poverty guidelines used to determine income eligibility for many federal health and human services programs, including Medicaid.  The federal poverty guidelines also are used to determine eligibility … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 89 New Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations

On December 22, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 89 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that begin operations on January 1, 2015, bringing the total number of active Medicare ACOs to 405, … Continue reading

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Office of the National Coordinator: Draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has published a draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 for public comment.  Comments must be submitted online and are due by February 6, 2015. There are significant changes … Continue reading

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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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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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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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