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PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS: Are We Ready?


October 31st, 2007

Recent days have brought a flurry of coverage of community-based MRSA outbreaks. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been a problem of long standing in the hospital setting. However, recent outbreaks in schools, and the lack of a clear explanation from officialdom for the up-tick, have clearly given new legs to what health care and public health […]

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BLOG: The RAND Health Experiment Reassessed In The New Wonk Review


October 18th, 2007

Hosting the latest Health Wonk Review, Jason Shafrin at the Healthcare Economist highlights two posts as the week’s best. On A Healthy Blog, John McDonough reviews an article suggesting that the RAND health experiment — the “gold standard” for health economics — could be wrong. And on Wachter’s World, Bob Wachter discusses pay-for-performance, observing that 79 percent of physicians believe that P4P […]

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U.S. HEALTH CARE: International Scholars Experience Our System — What They Would Change


October 17th, 2007

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part blog by several of the 2006-2007 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows. Part one, which ran yesterday, describes the extent to which these international scholars felt able to make meaningful choices in their interactions with the American health care system. In part two below, the authors propose changes […]

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U.S. HEALTH CARE: International Scholars Experience Our System — What They Found


October 16th, 2007

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part blog by several of the 2006-2007 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows. The post below describes the extent to which these international scholars felt able to make meaningful choices in their interactions with the American health care system. In part two of their blog, which will appear on […]

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CHILD HEALTH: Time To Stop Bickering And Get To Work


October 11th, 2007

Just when it looked as if the debate over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) couldn’t get any more agonizing, some of the same folks who brought us the devastating RAND 55 percent study four years ago are back with the dismal news that children, on average, receive recommended treatment in only 46.5 percent […]

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BLOG: Risk Management On Cavalcade Of Risk


October 10th, 2007

Bob Laszewski of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review hosts a new edition of Cavalcade of Risk today. This round-up of recent blog posts on risk and its management is published every two weeks.

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BLOG: HHS Secretary Blogs On SCHIP, President’s Veto


October 9th, 2007

Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt has recently launched a blog. Today he offers the administration’s view on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill, which President Bush recently vetoed.  Sec. Leavitt says that he writes his own posts. So far he’s blogging about once a week. Here’s an excerpt from […]

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BLOG: President Bush’s SCHIP Veto And Health Reform Prospects: A Health Wonk Review


October 4th, 2007

It’s the morning after President Bush’s veto of the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). How did a program that started out with such bipartisan support become the health policy wonk equivalent of all-out war? Today’s Health Wonk Review takes a look across the blogosphere for some health policy soul-searching. Politico blogger […]

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GLOBAL HEALTH: The Impact Of A Health Affairs Paper


October 2nd, 2007

Editor’s Note: The following letter from Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) was originally published in the September/October 2007 issue of Health Affairs. The letter describes Sen. Brownback’s use of a Health Affairs paper as the basis for his Elimination of Neglected Diseases (END) amendment to the FDA Revitalization Act. President Bush signed a version of the […]

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MEDICARE: Physician Payment Changes Muscled Aside In SCHIP Fight


October 2nd, 2007

House Democratic leaders last week quietly compromised away the Medicare provisions in their State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill as they hunkered down for a veto fight. Prudently set aside for the moment is the Dems’ aggressive attack on Medicare Advantage (MA) insurance subsidies. Gone also is an intriguing and widely overlooked package […]

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BLOG: Top 10 Blog Posts For September: Nurses And The Uninsured


October 1st, 2007

The most-read post of September on the Health Affairs Blog was by Linda Aiken on Pennsylvania’s new legislation which focuses on tapping nurses and other health professionals to address health reform issues. Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, also has the most-read blog post for […]

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REDUCING VULNERABILITY: The Next Twenty-Five Years


October 1st, 2007

In the latest edition of Health Affairs and at the journal’s recent Washington briefing, “caring for the vulnerable” was the major agenda. It was a bittersweet occasion. Health Affairs deserves much credit for challenging us on how well we care for the vulnerable. However. “Caring for the vulnerable” is an important mission, like the heroic […]

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