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Independence—It’s What Older People Want

The new president of the John A. Hartford Foundation explains how it defines better care for older adults.

Clinician-Led Stewardship To Curb Medical Excess

Both imaging and antimicrobials are heavily overused and often the response to uncertainty in clinical decisions. Clinician-led stewardship could limit overuse and improve care beyond antimicrobial use or imaging and should be considered for all areas of medicine.

Narrative Matters: Bearing Fruit: The Fight For The FDA’s Food Safety Reforms

In Health Affairs’ November Narrative Matters essay, a food safety advocate recounts one long road to the passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

The Latest Health Wonk Review

If you haven't already, check out the latest Health Wonk Review at Wright on Health.

A Short Holiday Reading List: Latinos And Health Insurance, The Passing Of Rick Cohen, And More

This Thanksgiving week post also alerts readers to a new Kaiser Family Foundation animated video called Health of the Healthcare System and a global health post on the continuing incidence of childhood diarrheal disease.

Health Policy Brief: Bundled Payments For Care Improvement Initiative

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) describes the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, four new payment models being tested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to reduce Medicare spending.

Addressing Tobacco And Secondhand Smoke Exposure In Maternal And Child Survival Programs

Prematurity, low birth weight, and other causes of death could be prevented by elimination of smoke exposure. Scalable, sustainable solutions exist to address this threat, and could contribute directly to improved maternal and child survival.

From The Archives: Pharmaceutical Pricing

Welcome to “From the Archives,” a Health Affairs Blog series, where we take a timely topic and delve into the literature and history, from a Health Affairs angle, of course. Harvoni, Sovaldi, Repatha, Daraprim. Four drugs that have made news for how much they cost patients and insurers. But...

‘Growth Clouds’ On The Horizon For Health Spending?

The current focus on the long history of the NHE accounts creates a golden opportunity to reflect on health care costs, how we have come to this point, and where we are likely headed.

National Health Spending 1960-2013

In 2014, the ACA’s implementation led to the largest expansion of health insurance coverage since 1965; in 2015, Medicare and Medicaid reached their 50th anniversary. These milestones offer an opportunity to reflect on the changes that have occurred in the health sector over the last half century.