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Preserving The Republic: Chief Justice Roberts’ Affordable Care Act Opinion


June 30th, 2012
by William Sage

Chief Justice John Roberts did right by America.  Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law’s minimum coverage provision and allowed the Affordable Care Act to move forward.  Health reform is often simpler than it looks, and so was the Court’s decision.  In practical terms, a majority of Justices ruled […]

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The Court’s Medicaid Ruling And The Imperative To Communicate The Facts About The ACA


June 29th, 2012
by William Pewen

Before yesterday’s remarkable Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I expected Chief Justice Roberts would lead a majority in a constrained decision which would avoid all but the narrowest consideration of constitutional questions.  Some of us expected he might act to strike the individual mandate, yet avoid the “legislating from the bench” which […]

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Recent Journal Content: Foundation Funding in Long-Term Services and Supports


June 29th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

This GrantWatch column in the June issue of the journal is full text, free-access, to all readers. Many elderly and disabled people need long-term care, and it is expensive. Read what foundations around the country are funding in the area of long-term care. Efforts funded range from reports and analyses to “villages” in which elders […]

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The Supreme Court’s ACA Decision: Reaffirming Broad Congressional Power


June 29th, 2012
by David Orentlicher

The vote may only have been 5-4, and a majority may have rejected the government’s Commerce Clause argument, but the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act was a strong verdict for the power of Congress to regulate on behalf of the public welfare. The taxing power’s breadth. First, the Court reminded us about […]

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The Supreme Court’s Medicaid Ruling: ‘A Shift In Kind, Not Merely Degree’


June 28th, 2012
by Sara Rosenbaum

This is a day to think about the Constitutional, rather than the practical, implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Nonetheless, the hallmark of the remarkable decision handed down today is the degree to which it navigates multiple political and ideological currents in order to create and hold a majority for the constitutionality […]

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What Foundation Leaders Are Saying about the Supreme Court Decision


June 28th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Foundation leaders are also commenting about today’s Supreme Court decision. See what the funders you follow are saying. Most items appear to have been written June 28. Thank you to Anne Schwartz, deputy editor for special content, for her assistance in gathering this content. Blue Shield of California Foundation: “President’s Message,” by Peter V. Long, president and CEO. The California Endowment: […]

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What The Supreme Court’s ACA Ruling Will Mean For Providers


June 28th, 2012
by Chas Roades

The constitutional waiting game is finally over. Nearly three months to the day after the historic hearings on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has upheld the vast majority of the law’s provisions. This includes the individual mandate, although the penalties for noncompliance were ruled constitutional under Congress’s […]

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The Supreme Court On The Individual Mandate’s Constitutionality: An Overview


June 28th, 2012
by Timothy Jost

On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  It did it in a long and complex decision that rejected the Constitutional argument for upholding the law that had received the most attention — that the ACA’s individual mandate was supportable under Congress’ power to regulate […]

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The Supreme Court Health Reform Decision: Our Upside-Down Constitution


June 28th, 2012
by Richard Epstein

The one lesson that everyone should learn from reading the Supreme Court Affordable Care Act opinions is that we are all very poor seers when it comes to predicting the decisions of the United States Supreme Court.  No one thought that Justice Roberts would be the deciding vote for the mandate, or that the Medicaid […]

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Latest Health Wonk Review


June 27th, 2012
by Chris Fleming

For those looking for some pre-Supreme Court decision health policy reading, Joe Paduda’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, published at the end of last week, is packed with good stuff. Among the posts Joe highlights: Alison Hwong and Lisa Lehmann’s Health Affairs Blog Contributing Voices post. Writing about the Sunshine Act, Hwong and Lehmann […]

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Health Affairs Blog To Feature Analysis Of Supreme Court ACA Decision


June 27th, 2012
by Chris Fleming

Health Affairs Blog provided timely and comprehensive analysis of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Watch HA Blog this week for similar analysis of the Court’s historic ruling, expected tomorrow, and join the conversation by commenting on posts.  

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How Hospitals Can Help Get Out The Vote


June 27th, 2012
by Rishi Manchanda

As I write this, the Supreme Court has yet to reveal its decision about the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of what they decide, we can be certain of one thing. This November, the ability of Americans to get the facts they need to make informed choices about the future of US health policy will be […]

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awards: Call For Nominations


June 27th, 2012
by Chris Fleming

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commemorative activities to honor its 40 years of grant-making, the foundation has established the Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. This program will recognize up to 10 individuals, 40 years of age and under, who offer great promise for leading the way to improved […]

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Medicare’s Lake Wobegon Approach To ‘Pay For Performance’


June 26th, 2012
by Avik Roy

At its best, the free market rewards companies that provide a superior service at the best price. A few years back, Medicare tried to bring similar incentives to its market-oriented Medicare Advantage program, which was created to give seniors more control over their own health dollars. Retirees can choose among competing, privately administered health plans […]

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Private Insurance Is Bankrupting Americans: Is Congress Paying Attention?


June 26th, 2012
by Diane Archer

Everyone agrees that there’s a cost crisis in the American health care system, but little attention is being paid to a major piece of the problem—enormous private insurance costs resulting in exorbitant premiums and cost-sharing for Americans. The focus instead is on Medicare’s costs. Policymakers are struggling to find ways to cut Medicare spending in […]

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PROMises, PROMises: Finally, Quality We Really Care About


June 25th, 2012
 
by Faraz Ahmad and Thomas Tsang

Patient-centered care and patient engagement have become central to the vision of a high value health delivery system. The delivery system is evolving from a fee-for-service transactional payment model to a value-based purchasing model using outcome data and quality improvement and attainment. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and private payers have spurred […]

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Most-Read HA Blog Posts For May And April


June 22nd, 2012
by Chris Fleming

Diane Meier’s discussion of the barriers to palliative care and how we might overcome those barriers tops the list of most-read Health Affairs Blog posts for May. As an example of how the system should work but too often doesn’t, Meier cites the case of Amy Berman, who chronicled her experiences after being diagnosed with […]

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For Older Adults, Unexpected Hazards In Several Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act


June 21st, 2012
by Chris Fleming

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to reduce the fragmentation of services for patients. The problems of fragmentation are magnified for the six million Americans receiving long-term services. New analysis, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, examines the impact on this population of three provisions of the ACA—the […]

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Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: Barely A Ripple Now, Enormous Promise For Later


June 21st, 2012
 
by Debra Ness and Steven Weinberger

They are the stories that make us cringe, because their human and financial costs are as massive as they are avoidable.  A middle-aged woman newly diagnosed with diabetes knows she has to test her blood sugar levels but doesn’t know how to manage her diet.  A patient goes home from the hospital without clear instructions […]

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Thinking about Working in Health Philanthropy? Seeking funding? Job Openings and RFPs to Consider.


June 21st, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic listing of job openings at foundations and other grant makers around the country that have come to our attention. This time I am adding a couple of requests for proposals (RFPs) for those who have a job but are looking for grant funding. Please make sure to verify that […]

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