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Conference To Focus On States And Health IT


April 29th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Health information technology can be a catalyst for the transformation of American health care, and the states have a major role to play when it comes to health IT, and indeed all aspects of health reform. That state role is the focus of the 2011 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, June 21-23 in Dulles, Virginia. […]

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Leighton Ku On Medicaid In Health Wonk Review


April 28th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Over at the Incidental Economist, Don Taylor, Aaron Carroll, and Austin Frakt present the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. Among the posts highlighted by this trio is Leighton Ku’s Health Affairs Blog post on Medicaid. As the Wonk Review says, Ku “considers the remarkable history of the Medicaid program, long controversial and even […]

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Fighting Mental Illness: A Call to Action for Foundations


April 27th, 2011
by Paul Gionfriddo

Next week, Mental Health Month begins. Paul Gionfriddo, who has his own blog, “Our Health Policy Matters,” wrote this post. He is the former president of a foundation in South Florida. The United States has the highest rate of mental illness in the world. According to Mental Health America, one in four Americans has a […]

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New Narrative Matters Recording On iTunes U


April 27th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Health Affairs today adds a new Medical Education recording to its free collection of Narrative Matters essays on iTunes U. The account was written by Fitzhugh Mullan, a physician and clinical professor of pediatrics and public health at the George Washington University and the original editor of the “Narrative Matters” section. The essay, “Me And […]

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Where’s The Patient In The Patient-Centered Medical Home?


April 26th, 2011
by Holly Korda

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has grabbed the limelight as a new model of health care that offers an alternative to fragmented, impersonal and wasteful care that has become the norm throughout much of the U.S.  The PCMH model promises each patient a primary care provider leading an interdisciplinary care team, with the intent of […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Environmental Challenges for Health


April 26th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Amid the ongoing debate over restructuring health care and implementing health reform, other factors that could affect health usually get far less attention.  One, the recently enacted $1.6 billion cut in the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal 2011, could impair the agency’s ability to enforce rules governing clean air and water. Also […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during March 2011


April 25th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

We list below the three most-read posts during the month. Take a look in case you missed one of these when the original tweet or e-alert went out. 1. “Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Disparities, Global Health, Obesity, and More,” by Lee-Lee Prina (Feb.17, 2011). Heading the top-three list is a round-up (selected sampling) of […]

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ACOs: Improved Care Or Roadblocks To Innovation?


April 25th, 2011
by Stephen Ubl

Some debates about health care policy represent black and white choices. But others are a more nuanced shade of grey: the new proposals could turn out well, or not so well, depending on how they are implemented. One such reform getting broad-based attention is the creation of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, or “ACOs,” which are […]

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Accountable Care Organizations: An Opportunity To Transform Care


April 22nd, 2011
by David Lansky

The latest study, out last week, shows one in three patients in the hospital may experience a medical error—an incidence almost ten times higher than previously assumed.  Health care costs still make up approximately 17 percent of GDP—about $2.5 trillion dollars a year—and are rising three times faster than inflation.  Unfortunately, it continues to be […]

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Job Hunters: Ever Consider Working for a Foundation? Check Out These Openings.


April 21st, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

For those who want to change jobs or find a job, here is a selected sampling of positions that appear to be still open. Please note that I am only mentioning here a few pertinent details. I have put links to URLs for fuller descriptions of the positions, with all of the caveats, limitations, etc.! […]

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The Year Of The Family Caregiver — In What Country?


April 21st, 2011
by Carol Levine

President Obama has begun his campaign for re-election in 2012.  Several Republicans have declared their intention to consider the possibility of running.   Meanwhile, implementation of health care reform proceeds slowly, with threats of defunding and legal action scuttling alongside to keep up.  Policy debates about accountable care organizations, medical homes, and other attempts to bring […]

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Will Price Competition Lead To Quality Competition?


April 21st, 2011
by John Goodman

Editor’s Note: In addition to John Goodman (photo and bio above), this post was coauthored by Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick. In our third-party-payer health insurance system the price for care is typically set by entities external to the doctor-patient relationship.  As a result, providers rarely compete for patients based on money prices. Potentially they […]

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Request For Abstracts: Health Care Disparities


April 20th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

Health Affairs plans a cluster of papers on the continuing disparities in health care access and outcomes for minority and vulnerable populations in the United States for October, 2011. We hope to include papers that both illuminate past developments and future demographic trends and that also feature new understanding on how to move the disparities […]

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Health Policy Brief: Improving Quality


April 19th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the ongoing need to improve the quality and safety of health care provided in the United States. Despite some progress toward goals set a decade ago following two landmark Institute of Medicine studies, the nation faces considerable challenges in making […]

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Comparative Effectiveness Research: How Can It Change Practice?


April 18th, 2011
by Leonard Zwelling

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)  is designed to increase the number of U. S. citizens with access to health insurance.  Along with augmented access to health insurance and hopefully health care for millions of the currently uninsured, as well as some degree of overall health care cost containment,  the ultimate success of […]

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Medicaid In The Bull’s Eye


April 15th, 2011
by Leighton Ku

For decades, the Medicaid program has experienced periodic threats as federal policymakers have proposed to make major budget cuts, create state block grants, split up the program and so on.   In addition, every several years, some state officials announce they are about to pull out of the program (though none has ever done so).  Medicaid […]

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Roundup of Recent Blog Posts: Environmental Health, Medicaid, Global Health, & More


April 14th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

I have rounded up a list of recent posts from health philanthropy blogs and philanthropy-in-general blogs that caught my eye. For more blog reading, see GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll (look to the right!). Environmental Health “Good Health Should Begin at Home, so Why Is Housing Making Kids Sick?” (Apr. 10). Ben Starrett tells us that “generations of chronic disinvestment in […]

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HA Blog ACO Post Leads New Wonk Review


April 14th, 2011
by Chris Fleming

At the Health Business Blog, David Williams presents the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, the biweekly compilation of some of the best and most interesting health policy blog posts. David leads with Mark McClellan and Elliott Fisher’s Health Affairs Blog post on Medicare Accountable Care Organizations and the proposed rule implementing the Medicare […]

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The Proposed Accountable Care Organization Antitrust Guidance: A First Look


April 14th, 2011
by Joe Miller

Editor’s note: This post, by Joe Miller, is part of a series of Health Affairs Blog posts examining the proposed rules and guidelines implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program, issued March 31 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other agencies.  You can read other posts in the series by Mark McClellan and […]

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The President’s Deficit Reduction Plan: Implications for Health Care


April 14th, 2011
by Kavita Patel

President Barack Obama took the very symbolic gesture of delivering his much anticipated speech on fiscal reform and deficit reduction from a podium at George Washington University, an institution of higher learning, including schools of medicine, public health and nursing.  By doing so, he signaled the desire to infuse a sense of responsibility in the […]

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