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New Health Wonk Review


May 31st, 2010
by Chris Fleming

For your health policy reading pleasure, check out the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, ably presented at the Health Business Blog by David Williams.

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Implementing Health Reform: Standards For Tax-Exempt Hospitals


May 29th, 2010
by Timothy Jost

Editor’s Note: Earlier posts by Timothy Jost provide analyses of regulations implementing provisions of the new health reform legislation governing the small employer tax credit, the Web portal, reinsurance for early retirees, and young adult coverage.  Section 9007 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , creating a new 504(r) of the Internal Revenue Code,  “Additional […]

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Understanding and Supporting Veterans’ Health Needs


May 28th, 2010
by Maureen Cozine

When the presenters at a Veterans’ Mental Health Training Initiative symposium last week in New Paltz, New York, played the “Raise your hand if you…” game, very few participants raised their hands to indicate that they or a family member had been in the military, or even that they were currently working with clients or […]

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The Check’s (Almost) In The Mail


May 27th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

As Americans start to understand the concrete benefits contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), public attitudes about the new law will become more favorable. That at least is what the Obama administration is counting on. The administration has worked to quickly begin some of those benefits – such as a ban […]

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Glied On High-Deductible Plans And Cost-Sharing


May 27th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

A Health Affairs Blog post yesterday discussed material on mental health and mandates that Sherry Glied, President Obama’s nominee to be the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, has published in Health Affairs. Glied, a professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at […]

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Sherry Glied On Mental Health And Mandates


May 26th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote today on the nomination of Sherry Glied to be the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. The President nominated Glied, a professor and chair of the department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public […]

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Cost Sharing: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


May 25th, 2010
by John Goodman

Cost sharing in a fee-for-service health care system is almost universally recommended by health economists. The reason: When patients pay some part of the costs of their care, they are likely to be more conservative, prudent shoppers in the medical marketplace. Under the recently enacted health reform, for example, the out-of-pocket exposure can be as […]

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The Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts


May 24th, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

A piece on the potential health-related effects of Arizona’s new immigration law is the most-read GrantWatch Blog post since the blog debuted on March 16. Other posts on the most-read list focus on “bending the cost curve” and foundation activities regarding health reform and primary care. Here are the top five posts:  Arizona’s Immigration Law: Bad for Health by Roger Hughes […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Moving Forward On Health Reform


May 21st, 2010
by Chris Fleming

Implementing provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act poses a huge challenge for the public and private sectors alike. Thousands of decisions and regulatory changes must be made to re-structure the U.S. health care system, expand health coverage, and begin the effort to control costs. The June 2010 issue of Health Affairs details […]

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Foundation Blog Round-Up: Health Reform and More


May 21st, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here are some posts of interest on other health philanthropy blogs. Health Reform: Cali[fornia] Urged to Start Early on New Health Insurance Exchange: This May 12 post reports on remarks of Jon Kingsdale, executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Massachusetts’s insurance exchange), at a joint hearing of the California Senate and Assembly health […]

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Policy Brief: Medicare Modifications


May 20th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

The latest health policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the changes to Medicare contained in recently passed health reform legislation. This is the most recent in a series of briefs that offer more context than fact sheets but provide quicker reads than most background papers. The information in the briefs is objective and reviewed by […]

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Foundations Pull Together to Support Implementation of Connecticut Health Reform


May 20th, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

Group of Foundations Award a Total of $615,000 for Implementation The Connecticut state legislature passed SustiNet, the new state health care reform law, in July 2009, when it overrode a veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R). (For background on the law and the role of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, read the […]

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The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: A Looming Funding Crisis


May 19th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

Despite unprecedented growth in available resources, the world is facing both short- and long-run financial crises in combating the international HIV/AIDS pandemic. That message emerges strongly from a cluster of articles in the November/December 2009 issue of Health Affairs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HIV funding shortfalls and their potential lethal consequences […]

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Implementing Health Reform: The Small Employer Tax Credit


May 18th, 2010
by Timothy Jost

Editor’s Note:  Other posts by Timothy Jost provide analyses of regulations implementing provisions of the new health reform legislation governing standards for tax-exempt hospitals, the Web portal, reinsurance for early retirees, and young adult coverage.  Implementation of health care reform continues at a rapid pace.  On Monday, May 17, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2010-44, […]

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What Philanthropy Is Doing to Promote Oral Health Care


May 17th, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here is a sampling of what foundations and others are doing in the important area of oral health care. Recent reports: The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children was released 23 February 2010 by the Pew Center on the States (part of the Pew Charitable Trusts). The report was funded […]

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


May 14th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

Hank Stern at InsureBlog hosts this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review. Check it out for the best in recent health policy blogging.

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Health Reform Implementation: Governor Rendell’s View


May 14th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

By mid-fall, Pennsylvania should start receiving funds earmarked for state high-risk pools under the recently passed health reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The money will allow the state to serve some of the estimated 140,000 Pennsylvanians who qualify as high risks, Keystone State Governor Edward Rendell said at a Health […]

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Reinventing The Primary Care Workday


May 12th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

Changing the way primary care physicians spend their time is key to improving primary care in the United States, Lawrence Casalino said a May 4 Health Affairs briefing. Video and slides from the briefing, held in conjunction with the release of the journal’s May issue “Reinventing Primary Care,” are now available on the Health Affairs […]

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Implementing Health Reform: Young Adult Coverage


May 11th, 2010
by Timothy Jost

Editor’s Note: Other posts by Timothy Jost provide analyses of regulations implementing provisions of the new health reform legislation governing standards for tax-exempt hospitals, the Web portal, reinsurance for early retirees, and  the small employer tax credit. On Monday, May 10, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury jointly released Interim Final Rules for […]

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Child Obesity: The Obama Administration’s Way Forward


May 11th, 2010
by Chris Fleming

The White House’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama, today released recommendations to the President designed to lower the child obesity rate from about 20 percent now to 5 percent in 2030.  Currently, one out of three children is overweight or obese, the Task Force report points out. Child obesity is significantly correlated […]

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