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Philanthropy Blog Roundup: Antibiotic Resistance, Health Reform, International Health Policy, Nurses, Obesity


December 30th, 2010

I have pulled together a list of links to philanthropy-related blog posts that have come across my desk in recent weeks. I hope that you will see a few that pique your interest. During this short week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I am keeping my “roundup” post—covering several important topics—short! Happy New […]

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Implementing Health Reform: Little-Noticed But Important Guidances


December 30th, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series of posts by Timothy Jost on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Earlier posts analyze provisions governing premium review, medical loss ratios, insurance exchanges, coverage for pre-existing conditions, appeals of coverage denials, coverage for preventive services, a patient bill of rights, grandfathered plans, tax-exempt hospitals, the small employer tax […]

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At The National Health Policy Conference, The Latest On ACOs


December 29th, 2010

Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are designed to promote new health care models that will deliver better care more efficiently. At the 2011 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), the Urban Institute’s Robert Berenson will lead a discussion of “accountable care organizations” (ACOs), one of the most important of these models. Panelists will discuss the eagerly awaited federal rules governing ACOs, […]

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Health Policy Brief: Preventive Services Without Cost Sharing


December 29th, 2010

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes the ways the Affordable Care Act mandates coverage for the complete cost of 45 preventive services, both for those with new private insurance plans and Medicare patients. Preventive services include a wide range of clinical activities to avoid, detect, and slow the progression of disease. […]

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Free Access to Health Affairs Papers on Imaging Self-Referral Boom


December 27th, 2010

In the December issue, Health Affairs published a series of papers on the effects of self-referral by physicians for imaging services. Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt spotlighted the set of papers in a Christmas Eve blog post in the New York Times’ Economix blog: A fascinating narrative on how private health insurers and Medicare have both […]

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Holiday Potpourri: Global Health, Health IT, Health Reform, Long-Term Care, Obesity


December 23rd, 2010

It’s time again for a roundup of recent posts on philanthropy-related blogs that you may want to check out—perhaps during a slower-than-normal week at work or as you kick back at home during the holiday season. I have also included a link to a new Foundation Center document on foundations’ “policy-related activities” and a Baltimore […]

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Implementing Health Reform: The Premium Review Regulation


December 22nd, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series of posts by Timothy Jost on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Earlier posts analyze provisions governing the medical loss ratio, insurance exchanges, coverage for pre-existing conditions, appeals of coverage denials, coverage for preventive services, a patient bill of rights, grandfathered plans, tax-exempt hospitals, the small employer tax credit, the […]

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RWJF President Issues End-of-Year Letter: Outcomes of Grants; New Initiatives


December 21st, 2010

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), sent out a Letter to the Field on Dec. 14. The letter’s audience was RWJF grantees and partners (and for “the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health,” that encompasses a big group). Here is some of what she […]

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No Free Lunch – Reconsidering the Individual Mandate


December 21st, 2010

In our current political environment, wins are more important than policy successes, and for too long that has driven a juvenile mindset which engages in “magical thinking” in which beliefs trump facts, and benefits can be achieved without costs. So it’s no surprise that Republican leadership recognized that opposition to the individual mandate would be […]

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Productivity Still Drives Compensation in High Performing Group Practices


December 20th, 2010

In July, 2009, President Obama visited the Cleveland Clinic and praised its ability to provide hospital care less expensively than some other famous hospitals. This claim was bolstered by a recent study demonstrating that large multispecialty practices have lower cost and higher quality in treating Medicare recipients compared to other practitioners in their regions. One of […]

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Watch The Health Affairs Conference On Innovation In Care Delivery


December 17th, 2010

Yesterday, on December 16, Health Affairs convened a day-long conference on “Innovations Across the Nation in Health Care Delivery.” Richard Gilfillan, the acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, keynoted the event. The program also featured several panels of CEOs and program leaders from institutions that have innovated at the patient care level; […]

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Health Affairs Conference: Innovations In Health Care Delivery


December 15th, 2010

Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal on health policy, is convening a day-long conference on “Innovations Across the Nation in Health Care Delivery.” The free conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Center for International Trade, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. Please note that […]

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Examining Judge Hudson’s Decision On The Individual Mandate


December 14th, 2010

On December 12, 2010, Judge Henry Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia became the first federal judge to hold a provision of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was filed by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia immediately after the reform statute was signed into law in March.  It challenges the […]

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Opportunity Knocking: Under Health Reform, Foundations Can Help Increase Access to Care


December 13th, 2010

More than 30 million uninsured people will acquire either public or private insurance over the next five years as a result of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. What does this mean for foundations promoting healthier communities by investing in increased access to health care? In short, it means new opportunities, especially for foundations that […]

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Health Affairs Conference: Innovations In Health Care Delivery


December 10th, 2010

Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal on health policy, is convening a day-long conference on “Innovations Across the Nation in Health Care Delivery.” The free conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Center for International Trade, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. Richard Gilfillan, the […]

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Millenson On Patient Safety Highlighted In Wonk Review


December 9th, 2010

At his blog Wright On Health, Brad Wright collects some of the best in recent health policy blogging in a year-end holiday edition of the Health Wonk Review. Among the posts Brad highlights is Michael Millenson’s Health Affairs Blog post, “Why We Still Kill Patients: Invisibility, Inertia, And Income.”

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Prevention, Primary Care Effective Against Chronic Disease Around Globe


December 9th, 2010

Worldwide disease prevention programs and greater use of primary care reduce deaths, rates of illness, and costs associated with chronic illness, according to several studies in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs.  The articles offer hope for the success of similar interventions from rural China to urban Chile, where the growth of chronic diseases […]

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Regional Quality Initiatives: Expanding The Partnership


December 9th, 2010

If you’re looking for a transformation in health care, look first to America’s cities, towns and communities. That’s where it happens, among local men and women who deliver and receive care, and the employers and consumers who pay for it. That’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the U.S. Department of Health and […]

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Highlights from Grantmakers In Health’s Forum on Improving Women’s Health


December 9th, 2010

Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) Fall Forum, held in November in Washington, DC, at the landmark Omni Shoreham Hotel, focused on women’s health. Here are some highlights. Alina Salganicoff of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Menlo Park office mentioned some notable figures in the history of women’s health, such as the first lesbian TV character, who […]

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Studies Puncture Arguments About Benefits of Imaging Self-Referral


December 8th, 2010

When physicians who aren’t radiologists refer patients to imaging facilities they own or lease—known as self-referral—their patients don’t always benefit. In fact, these self-referrals lead to overuse of services, escalate spending, and rarely shorten the duration of illness, according to a series of studies in the December issue of Health Affairs. The findings challenge what […]

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