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Health Policy Brief: Congress And The Affordable Care Act


February 28th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the current congressional fight over derailing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. On January 19, 2011, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted to repeal the law, and later passed a resolution instructing four major committees to draft legislation to replace […]

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House Family Planning Cuts: Bad Medicine And Bad Economics


February 25th, 2011
by Emily Stewart

Last week, on February 19, under the pretext of cutting the federal deficit, the United States House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding and end reimbursement to health care providers supplying crucial sexual and reproductive health care to millions of women and men across the country.   The provisions are part of the House-passed Continuing […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Innovation And Health Care Delivery


February 24th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Editor’s Note: See this subsequent post for an updated speakers list and information on following the event through Twitter. On March 8, 2011, please join Health Affairs for a briefing tied to the release of the March 2011 issue of the journal, “Profiles of Innovation in Health Care Delivery.”  Topics covered in the issue and […]

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Medical Errors Podcast Added to Narrative Matters iTunes U Collection


February 23rd, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Health Affairs today added a podcast about medical errors to its free collection of podcasts of Narrative Matters essays on iTunes U. The essay was written by Michael Rowe, an associate clinical professor in the Yale School of Medicine. Titled “The Rest Is Silence,” it appeared in the July/August 2002 edition of Health Affairs. Health Affairs offers […]

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Mismanaged Hospital Operations: A Neglected Threat To Reform


February 22nd, 2011
by Eugene Litvak

If one performs a “Google” search with the key words: “health reform” and “US  OR America” for 2007, one will find about 160,000 links. If one does the same for 2010, there will be over 2.5 million links.  Quite a difference! This is not surprising, since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to affect […]

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The Future of Consumer-Directed Health Care


February 18th, 2011
by John Goodman

Over the next decade I believe we are going to see a major transformation of American medicine. It won’t be the kind of transformation that is normally discussed at health care conferences and at inside-the-Beltway briefings. Nor will it be the kind of change anticipated by the people who gave us the Affordable Care Act […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Disparities, Global Health, Obesity, and More


February 17th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

As my work week draws to a close, I have put together a quick listing of some foundation-related posts that I think you might want to check out. If your foundation has a blog about health care and it is not listed on GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll, let me know about it! Disparities in Health: “Poll […]

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Health Wonk Review Valentine’s Edition


February 17th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review has been posted at the Colorado Long Term Care Insider. Jay Norris offers a collection of some of the best in recent health policy blogging, including Jessie Gruman’s Health Affairs Blog post, “A Valentine To Shared Decision Making.” Gruman contrasts the experience of writing about shared decision making […]

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Defining Essential Benefits: Congress’ Once And Future Role


February 17th, 2011
by Ian Spatz

A non-governmental advisory body has begun to define one of the most important elements of last year’s health reform law. A committee of the Institute of Medicine will develop recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on how to define an “essential health benefit.” The ultimate resolution of this question, which may not […]

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Foundations’ Funding of Research on Medicare: Useful Insights as the Budget Battles Begin


February 16th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Medicare and other entitlement programs are back in the news in the coverage of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which was released this week. In this post, I mention a selected sampling of recent foundation-funded efforts on Medicare. Recent Publications: DataBrief: The SCAN Foundation and Avalere Health say that low-income Americans who qualify for […]

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Eradicating Polio: Will We Succeed This Time?


February 16th, 2011
by Scott Barrett

Editor’s Note: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other global health leaders recently launched a new effort to eradicate polio. Below, Scott Barrett comments on the potential rewards and the risks of this new initiative, and in another post Judith Kaufmann offers her thoughts on the new initiative as well. The global effort to eradicate polio […]

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Eradicating Polio: Challenges And Questions


February 16th, 2011
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Editor’s Note: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other global health leaders recently launched a new effort to eradicate polio. Below, Judith Kaufmann comments on the potential rewards and the risks of this new initiative, and in another post Scott Barrett offers his thoughts on the new initiative as well. On January 31, Bill Gates introduced […]

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Health Policy Brief: Repealing The 1099 Provision


February 15th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes efforts to repeal the so-called 1099 provision in the Affordable Care Act. That provision was designed to help finance the expansion of health insurance coverage by making certain that businesses reported and paid tax on certain income. The provision has […]

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Health Care In The 2012 Budget: Looking Forward And Backward


February 14th, 2011
by Kavita Patel

Today, President Barack Obama released his Annual Budget, which emphasizes the Administration’s vision for moving forward by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building out of a recession.  The President proposes a freeze on non-security discretionary spending for the next five years, bringing this spending to the lowest levels since the Eisenhower White House. Health care is not as […]

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Sebelius Tells Story Of HA Narrative Matters Author


February 14th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

In a speech last week at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Administration was looking at ways to buttress the financing of a new long-term care insurance program included in the Affordable Care Act. This comes in response to concerns raised by President Obama’s National Commission on […]

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A Valentine To Shared Decision Making


February 14th, 2011
by Jessie Gruman

Shared decision making is hot right now. Research.  Surveys.  Tools.  Training.  Conferences.  Policies. The current model of shared decision making consists of providing patients with evidence that allows them to compare the risks and side effects of different treatments or preventive services when more than one option is available. After studying the evidence, the theory […]

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The Case For Meaningful Use: Strengthened, Not Weakened


February 11th, 2011
by Peter Basch

Last week the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study that calls into question the value of electronic health records, or EHRs, clinical decision support, and the federal “meaningful use” program, which provides financial incentives to physicians and hospitals who adopt EHRs and use them in ways which should improve care.  A close look reveals […]

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Why Are Life Sciences ‘MIA’ In National Innovation Policy?


February 11th, 2011
by Paul Kim

In his State of the Union address, President Obama raised the political stakes for innovative American industries by calling for concerted, bipartisan action to enhance U.S. competitiveness through heightened innovation.  Signaling that “this is our generation’s Sputnik moment” that requires “a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space […]

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RWJF Poll: Two Health Affairs Articles among Top-Five “Most Influential Research Articles of 2010” by RWJF Grantees


February 10th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

At the end of each year, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staffers look at research published during the past twelve months and choose several peer-reviewed articles that the staff deems to have “had major impact on research or influenced the field,” according to the foundation’s web site. All articles on the list are written by […]

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The Individual Mandate: Neither Essential Nor Enough


February 10th, 2011
by Carrie Valiant

All eyes are focused on the many state challenges to health reform.  Florida’s recent federal court decision held the entire health reform law unconstitutional, based on the unconstitutionality of the mandate requiring all U.S. citizens to maintain a minimum level of health insurance coverage beginning in 2014, or pay a penalty.  Virginia’s earlier decision severed […]

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