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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Community Clinics, Health Reform, Health IT, & More


March 31st, 2011

Here’s another quick listing of recent foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Community Clinics “Clinics Get Boost from Foundation,” Daniel Weintraub, in California Health Report, Mar. 16. In this blog, part of HealthyCal.org (a nonprofit journalism project funded by the California Endowment), Weintraub writes about the recent $7 million that the […]

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Accountable Care Organizations: A Framework For Evaluating Proposed Rules


March 31st, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of Health Affairs Blog posts examining the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program, issued March 31 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You can read subsequent posts by Douglas Hastings, Steven Lieberman, and Ron Klar. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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Proposed Rules For Accountable Care Organizations Unveiled


March 31st, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled proposed regulations on the establishment of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare. The regulations, which would implement the Medicare Shared Savings program included in the Affordable Care Act, were announced in a teleconference this morning by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator […]

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ACOs, Medical Homes, And Reform: A Crucial Consensus


March 31st, 2011

With the federal government poised to propose rules governing accountable care organizations, a broad array of public and private health care stakeholders has laid out a consensus on how to use ACOs and patient-centered medical homes to move toward the “triple aim” of better health, better care, and lower costs. The report, Better to Best: […]

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One Foundation’s Path to Expanding Palliative Care in California’s Public Hospitals


March 30th, 2011

Read about the California HealthCare Foundation’s effort to be a catalyst for change in this area. While access to palliative care has been steadily increasing in hospital settings over the past decade, a survey published in 2007 on the availability of palliative care in California and funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), found that […]

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Accountable Care Organizations: Our Field Of Dreams?


March 30th, 2011

Every year, we look forward to Spring Training. The return of ballplayers to Florida and Arizona provides a sense of optimism that anything is possible in the coming year. However, in releasing the regulations for the shared savings program, is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting to sound like the legendary Shoeless Joe […]

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Camden’s Roadmap To Reform


March 29th, 2011

In the eyes of some, health reform  threatens to burn down the old house of the American health system before it has built the country a new one.  There are many who will not mourn the passing of the old, but it is fair to say that most health care leaders are extremely anxious to […]

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Medicare’s Embedded Ethics: The Challenge Of Cost Control In An Aging Society


March 28th, 2011

The challenge of reining in the rising costs of the Medicare Program is particularly thorny because it confronts a recalcitrant societal tension between the necessity for cost control and the value of open-ended technology use for life extension in the later years. That tension is becoming more deeply entrenched because a growing number of older […]

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The Road Ahead For The New Health IT Coordinator


March 25th, 2011

Editor’s Note” As David Blumenthal prepares to step down as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where does the United States stand in the continuing effort to promote widespread adoption of electronic health records? What are the challenges that the next health IT coordinator will face? Health Affairs Blog asked two leading experts to […]

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Health Information Technology: The Work Is Only Beginning


March 25th, 2011

Editor’s Note” As David Blumenthal prepares to step down as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where does the United States stand in the continuing effort to promote widespread adoption of electronic health records? What are the challenges that the next health IT coordinator will face? Health Affairs Blog asked two leading experts to […]

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UCLA Professor Urges Foundation Staffers to Push Physical Activity


March 24th, 2011

This is the second in a series of short posts on my trip to Los Angeles to cover the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Annual Meeting earlier this month. Humans need physical activity as much as they need food. Unfortunately, they have no internal prompt to be active, and they are programmed to be sedentary, said […]

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Why Is There A Problem With Health Care Quality?


March 24th, 2011

Editor’s Note: In addition to John Goodman (photo and bio above), this post was coauthored by Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick. Go to the web site of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and you will learn that DMC facilities rank among the “nation’s best hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report and that they have […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Still Crossing the Quality Chasm


March 23rd, 2011

Although  the quality of  U.S. health care has improved over the past decade, progress has been slow – and there is still much to be done to close gaps in the quality and safety of care, as detailed in the Institute of Medicine’s 2001 report, Crossing the Quality Chasm.  Medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, and other […]

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Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation Receives Health Philanthropy Award


March 22nd, 2011

Drew Altman is the 2011 recipient of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH) Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. Here, I focus on his remarks at a Mar. 3 luncheon at the GIH Annual Meeting, in Los Angeles, which I attended. P.S. GrantWatch Blog just marked its one-year anniversary. We hope that you enjoy the posts, […]

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Remembering Philip Musgrove


March 22nd, 2011

Health Affairs journal announced today that Deputy Editor Philip A. Musgrove, 70, an economist and leading expert in global health and a cherished colleague, died in a tragic boating accident at Iguazu Falls in Argentina on Monday, March 21, 2011.  He is survived by his wife, Rosa Amalia Viana Musgrove; three children, Antonina Musgrove, Anthony […]

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Pre-Tax Purchase Of OTC Drugs: A Prescription For Compromise


March 21st, 2011

One of the most contentious issues in drafting health reform legislation was the tax treatment of health care expenses.  From modifying the tax exclusion for employer-provided health coverage to imposing new fees on medical treatments and products, resistance to changing health tax policy underscored the immense difficulty of enacting reforms without a broad political consensus. […]

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Pallone Cites Michael Ogg’s Narrative Matters Essay In CLASS Act Hearing


March 18th, 2011

Michael Ogg’s Narrative Matters essay in the January issue of Health Affairs “powerfully illustrates the realities of the current long-term care environment,” Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said yesterday at a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing.  Pallone, the panel’s senior Democrat, entered the essay into the hearing record. Ogg suffers from primary progressive multiple […]

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Gold’s Medicare Advantage Post Featured In Wonk Review


March 18th, 2011

Marsha Gold’s Health Affairs Blog post on Medicare Advantage is among the posts featured in the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. In his “Spring Training” edition of the Wonk Review at Pizaazz, Glenn Laffel presents some hits from the world of health policy blogging, including Gold’s comprehensive post on the facts, fallacies, and future […]

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Funders Meet with SAMHSA Official; Explain How Foundations Can Work with Government


March 17th, 2011

The Grantmakers in Health (GIH) Behavioral Health Funders Network caught the Hollywood bug at the annual meeting of GIH, held in Los Angeles in early March. At a breakfast meeting with John O’Brien, senior advisor on health care financing at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the network presented its Top-Ten Things […]

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A Challenge to Congress: A Critical Care Blueprint


March 17th, 2011

While Congress’ recent efforts to repeal the healthcare reform legislation signed by President Obama last year may have been ‘dead on arrival,’ efforts to dismantle the bill continue, and likely will for months to come. Rather than simply repeat the same battles again and again, legislators on both sides of the aisle might also take […]

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