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Health Care Summit: The Conclusion


February 25th, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the second of 2 posts on the health care summit from Tim Jost. Part 1 looks at insurance reforms, premium rates and more. Most of the last three hours of the summit was devoted to the effects of proposed legislation on the federal budget deficit (primarily on Medicare and Medicaid) and on […]

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Health Care Summit: Half-Time Report


February 25th, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the first of 2 posts from Tim Jost on the summit. Part 2 looks at budget deficit, Medicare, malpractice, and possible areas of agreement. The health care summit has now been underway for almost 3 hours.  President Obama established in his opening statement what he hoped would come of the summit, […]

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Should We Be Able To Buy Insurance Across State Lines?


February 24th, 2010

I live in Texas. Right now, the only health insurance I can buy is insurance regulated under Texas law. But if bills before Congress (most notably, one sponsored by Arizona Republican Congressman John Shadegg), are enacted, I would be able to buy insurance regulated, say, by the laws of Virginia, or the laws of Delaware, […]

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The President’s Health Reform Proposal: Other Provisions


February 22nd, 2010

Editor’s Note: Timothy Jost, the author of the post below, analyzed the insurance and revenue provisions of the President’s Proposal for Health Care Reform in an earlier post. Public debate concerning the pending congressional health reform legislation has largely focused on insurance reforms, which were discussed in my first post on the president’s latest reform proposal.  But the […]

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The President’s Health Reform Proposal: Insurance And Revenue Provisions


February 22nd, 2010

Editor’s Note: Timothy Jost analyzes the insurance and revenue provisions of the President’s Proposal for Health Care Reform in the post below. In a second post, Jost analyzes the other provisions of the proposal. On Monday, February 22, the White House posted the President’s Proposal for Health Care Reform.  Although the proposal was posted as “a prelude to […]

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Briefing: Medicare Spending And Chronic Disease


February 21st, 2010

There will be a briefing on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the findings of a study on Medicare cost drivers published February 18 on the Health Affairs Web site.  The event will be sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.  Speakers will […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Child Obesity – The Way Forward


February 21st, 2010

“America is guilty of child abuse,” writes Health Affairs Editor-In-Chief Susan Dentzer in the March 2010 issue of the journal, devoted to combating child obesity. The issue examines the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, analyzing causes of the growing problem and proposing the best available solutions for healthier future for America’s children. On […]

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Chronic Conditions Now Drive Medicare Spending Increases


February 19th, 2010

An article published yesterday by Health Affairs finds that the causes of Medicare spending growth have changed dramatically over the past two decades.  Twenty years ago, most of the increases were due to inpatient hospital services, especially for heart disease, but recent annual increases are the result of outpatient treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, […]

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Health Wonk Review Is Up


February 19th, 2010

Over at medicaidfirstaid, Brady Augustine hosts the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. Brady provides the best in recent health policy blogging, along with Doctor Phil, John Stewart, and Kermit the Frog (all of whom would definitely liven up next week’s televised health policy session at Blair House).

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Global E-Health Is Focus Of Health Affairs Briefing


February 18th, 2010

Modern information and communications technology, or e-health, has already significantly transformed health care in the developed world. The way in which in e-health has also begun to transform health care in the developing world, and the potential for e-health to vastly expand in low- and middle-income countries, was the subject of a National Press Club […]

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Informal Caregiving By And For Older Adults


February 16th, 2010

Editor’s Note: For more on informal caregivers and related issues, see Bridging Troubled Waters: Family Caregivers, Transitions, And Long-Term Care and other articles in the January issue of Health Affairs, titled Advancing Long-Term Services & Supports.  The primary focus of this analysis is to examine trends and key findings for caregivers of persons 50+, with an […]

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An Alternative Path On Health Reform: A Reply To Tim Jost


February 12th, 2010

Tim Jost’s thoughtful analysis of the state of health reform concluded that the only practical means of accomplishing health reform is to find a short parliamentary path to some melded version of the two bills that passed the respective Houses. In a comment in response to Jost’s Post, I argued that even if the bills were […]

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Building A Path To Integrated-Care Payment Systems


February 12th, 2010

With health reform currently in limbo, one of the few areas that command bipartisan support is reforming provider payments to promote integrated-care delivery models such as accountable care organizations, episode-based payments, and medical homes, Paul Ginsburg said as he introduced a February 8 panel on this subject at the National Health Policy Conference. As a […]

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Gawande Earns Impact Award at Policy Conference


February 11th, 2010

Physician/writer Atul Gawande was the winner of this year’s Health Services Research Impact award at the National Health Policy Conference cohosted by AcademyHealth and Health Affairs earlier this week. At Tuesday’s lunch, Gawande was scheduled to receive his award for the important policy impact of his efforts to bring surgical checklists into use around the […]

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Workplace Wellness Programs: A Response To Alan Balch


February 11th, 2010

Editor’s Note: The post below, by Jaan Sidorov, is the third in a debate concerning provisions of Senate-passed health reform legislation governing workplace wellness programs. Sidorov’s post responds to an earlier post by Alan Balch, which in turn responded to an initial post by Sidorov. While the Obama Administration’s campaign to reform the health care […]

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Investments In Community Health Centers Have Paid Off


February 8th, 2010

Public and private investments in community health centers – institutions that provide care to approximately 15 million of the nation’s poor and medically underserved – have led to greatly expanded services and care for people who are uninsured, says a study published in the February 2010 edition of Health Affairs. Based on their study, the authors […]

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CHCF’s Mark Smith on Converging Market and Public Health Interests


February 5th, 2010

In an interview in the February issue of Health Affairs, California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) President and CEO Mark Smith reflects on successes and failures in areas where market interest and public interest converge in health care. Smith told Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer: The policy world has built enrollment barriers for people in an incremental […]

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HA Blog Top 10 for January: Reform and Beyond


February 5th, 2010

Here in DC we’re bracing for the storm of the century — snow storm, that is.  What better time to catch up on some health policy reading? We list here the top 10 most-read posts from January on Health Affairs Blog. Topics cover health reform, health care costs, the mammography guidelines controversy, and more. And […]

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Health Wonk Review: What Now for Reform?


February 5th, 2010

So what now for health reform? That’s the focus of today’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, a biweekly roundup of the best of health policy blogging. Joe Paduda, one of the founders of the Health Wonk Review, hosts this edition on his Managed Care Matters blog. He cites the post-State of the Union blogs by Joe Antos […]

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2009 U.S. Health Spending Estimated At $2.5 Trillion


February 4th, 2010

According to annual government projections published today in Health Affairs, U.S. health care spending is expected to have reached $2.5 trillion in 2009—up an estimated 5.7 percent since 2008 despite a projected decline in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the same period. As a result, health care’s share of the economy grew 1.1 percentage points […]

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