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A Unified Medicare Payment System For Post-Acute Care Is Feasible

Congress requested that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommend features of a unified payment system and consider the effects of moving to such a system. Our work found that a unified payment system is possible and would reduce current distortions.

CMS Bolsters Outreach To Young Adults As Open Enrollment Nears

A new campaign to enroll young adults will employ several different strategies to reach this population, including a gamer social video platform. In other ACA news, Hawai'i has completed its Section 1332 waiver.

September 27, 2016 | Following the ACA

People Post: Staff And Board Changes In Health Philanthropy

Read "people news" from foundations around the country.

September 27, 2016 | Global Health, GrantWatch, Public Health

The Proposed Federal ‘Right-To-Try’ Law Is Not The Answer For Critically Ill Patients

In May, the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 was introduced in the Senate. After reading the model legislation and the proposed Senate bill, I decided that while the right-to-try movement has a goal I could approve of in theory, I think it will be counter-productive in the end.

New Guidance on Premium Rate Increases

CMS releases new guidance for premium rate increases determined by CMS or a State to be "unreasonable."

September 26, 2016 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Building A 21st Century Health Department To Lead Baltimore’s Culture Of Health

While 97 percent of health care costs are spent on medical care delivered in hospitals, only 10 percent of what determines life-expectancy takes place within the four walls of a health care facility.

Calculating Shared Savings: Administrative Formulas Versus Research-Based Evaluations

This post looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches and discusses how they can be melded to best serve administrative, payment, and research needs.

The Latest Health Wonk Review

Louise Norris celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Colorado Health Insurance Insider with the latest Health Wonk Review.

September 23, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Grants On Tap: Funders Support Clean Drinking Water

The tragedy in Flint, Michigan, and subsequent reports of contaminated drinking water elsewhere in America have made clear that our national drinking water infrastructure is failing to protect public health. What is philanthropy doing to help?

House v. Burwell And Qualified Health Plans For 2017

A new CMS provision on qualified health plans addresses concerns raised by House v. Burwell.

September 22, 2016 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage