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The Latest Health Wonk Review


April 11th, 2014
by Chris Fleming

Billy Wynne at Healthcare Lighthouse offers this week’s April Fool’s edition of the Health Wonk Review. All of the posts in Billy’s “April Fool’s” edition are an excellent read, including the Health Affairs Blog post by Dean Aufderheide on mental illness in America’s jails and prisons.

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A March Madness Health Wonk Review


March 27th, 2014
by Chris Fleming

Welcome to the “March Madness” edition of the Health Wonk Review. The NCAA college basketball tournament seemed like a natural theme for a health care policy blog post: huge amounts of money floating around in ways that only sometimes correlate with performance, and head-to-head match-ups that can yield results no one expected (though in the tournament those unexpected results produce quicker and more certain changes than is often the case in health care).

We considered illustrating each blog post with pictures of a college basketball team from the author’s home state celebrating a championship, but we thought better of that after seeing this cautionary tale. So let’s get to the great collection of posts from our Wonkers.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


March 14th, 2014
by Chris Fleming

Brad Wright at Wright on Health offers this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review. His “Mud Season Edition” is an entertaining read and includes a Health Affairs Blog post by Suzanne Delbanco on pay-for-performance.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


February 28th, 2014
by Chris Fleming

David Harlow at HealthBlawg offers this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review. All of the posts in David’s “In Like A Lion” Review reward reading, including the Health Affairs Blog post by Mark McClellan and coauthors at Brookings on how to pay for Medicare physician payment reform.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


February 17th, 2014
by Chris Fleming

You can find the latest Health Wonk Review at HealthInsurance.org Blog. Among the posts in Steve Anderson’s entertaining”Be Mine” edition: the Health Affairs Blog post by Marc Berk and Zhengyi Fang looking at the characteristics of the young uninsured.

This is the third Wonk Review of the year. On January 16, David Williams started the year with a “Half Glass” edition at Health Business Blog. Brad Wright followed up on January 30 with “The New Wright on Health” edition” at Wright on Health.

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Views From the Hospital Executive Suite Leads Health Affairs Blog December Top Ten


January 9th, 2014
by Tracy Gnadinger

Since the majority of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act will have a negative impact on the health care system, it’s no surprise Andrew Steinmetz, Ralph Muller, Steven Altschuler, and Ezekiel Emanuel‘s post about hospital executives’ largely positive view of health care reform was the most-read post on Health Affairs Blog in December. Next on the list, for the third month in a row, was James Rickert’s discussion of patient-centered care, followed by Timothy Jost‘s post on exemptions from the individual mandate and Mary Ersek and David Stevenson‘s post on challenges and opportunities of integrating palliative care into nursing homes, the first in a series on palliative care.

The full list appears below.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


December 23rd, 2013
by Chris Fleming

Last week, Julie Ferguson closed out the year for the Health Wonk Review with a “Letters to Santa” edition at Workers’ Comp Insider. Among the posts Julie includes: Tim Jost’s Health Affairs Blog analysis of the November enrollment numbers for Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


December 10th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

You can find the latest Health Wonk Review at Healthcare Economist. Jason Shafrin offers a nice collection of posts, including a Health Affairs Blog post by Rick Curtis and John Graves noting the significant enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges that will continue after the conclusion of open enrollment.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


November 22nd, 2013
by Chris Fleming

Over at InsureBlog, Hank Stern presents the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. Hank’s “pre-Thanksgivukkah” Review offers a great collection of posts, including Tim Jost’s Health Affairs Blog post analyzing President Obama’s “administrative fix” for policy cancellations in the individual market.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


November 14th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A belated shout-out to last week’s Health Wonk Review, ably hosted by Brad Wright at Wright on Health. Brad collects a number of great posts, including David Muhlestein’s Health Affairs Blog examination of the reasons for slower growth in Accountable Care Organizations.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


October 11th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

Joe Paduda has this week’s Health Wonk Review up on Managed Care Matters. Joe includes two Health Affairs Blog posts in his impressive collection of posts: Daniel Schuyler’s post predicting a rough start for the health insurance exchanges and examining whether they will work in the longer run, and Maribeth Shannon and Jen Joynt’s look at the divergence between hospital charges and payments and available policy responses.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


October 2nd, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A belated tip of the hat to the Health Wonk Review posted by Peggy Salvatore last week at Healthcare Talent Transformation. Peggy presents a nice collection of posts, including Tom Lee’s Health Affairs Blog “Contributing Voices” post on the crucial role of patient experience measurements.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


September 16th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, at Boston Health News, focuses on health data. Tinker Ready highlights many interesting posts, including former VA research chief Joel Kupersmith’s Health Affairs Blog essay. Kupersmith discusses how to balance the benefits of widely shared genomic data with privacy concerns, in particular the re-identification of individuals.

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HA Blog August Top-Ten List Headed By Discussion Of Exchange Premium Variation


September 4th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A look at the eye-opening variation in premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces tops the Health Affairs Blog most-read list for August. Joel Ario, Adam Block, and Ian Spatz examine the possible factors behind this variation and discuss the implications for policymakers.

August’s top ten also includes three posts in Tim Jost’s continuing series on implementing the Affordable Care Act. as well as a post on technology and health care by Tom Daschle and Bill Frist. The list also includes posts on hospital readmissions, employer wellness programs, the Pioneer ACO program, and more.

The full list with links is below.

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Recognition For Tim Jost’s Health Reform Analysis


August 30th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, we wanted to congratulate Health Affairs Contributing Editor and frequent Health Affairs Blog author Timothy Jost for well-deserved recognition he received over the summer. In June, The Hill’s Healthwatch blog named Jost as one of ten people to watch on the Obamacare rollout; earlier this month, The […]

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


August 16th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

David Williams has the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review up at the Health Business Blog. Among the posts David highlights in his great review is a Health Affairs Blog post by Joel Ario, Adam Block, and Ian Spatz; these authors surveyed premiums being offered in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces and found eye opening variations within markets, with the notable exception of California.

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Health Reform Implementation Dominates HA Blog July Top Ten


August 12th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

As the October 1 start of open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges draws near, ACA implementation is on people’s minds. That’s reflected in the list of most-read Health Affairs Blog posts for July, which features several posts in Tim Jost’s series on health reform implementation. The list also features posts on accountable care organizations, geographic variations in health care, workplace wellness programs, and the likely make-up of the post-ACA-implementation uninsured.

The full list with links appears below:

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


July 19th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

The latest Health Wonk Review is up at the Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Louise Norris titles her Wonk Review “A Midsummer Wonk’s Dream,” but it’s a cool edition — the content is extremely cool, and a generous selection of Northern Colorado photos from Winter and Spring provides offers a contrast to the current heat and humidity.

Louise does a nice job describing the posts in this week’s review; among them is a Health Affairs Blog post by Barbara Markham Smith and Jack Meyer offering recommendations on how to make a success of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces.

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Analysis Of Post-ACA Uninsured Leads Health Affairs Blog June Top Ten


July 11th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

Who will be left uninsured under the Affordable Care Act? That’s the question addressed by Rachel Nardin and coauthors in the most-read Health Affairs Blog post for June.

Next on last month’s top-ten list: Joanne Pohl and coauthors’ look at the relative numbers of physicians and nurse practitioners choosing primary care specialties. The list also features Christine Cassel’s discussion of her priorities as she assumes the leadership of the National Quality Forum, and Robert Berenson’s proposals for improving quality measurement. Additionally, the top ten includes three posts in Tim Jost’s series on implementing the Affordable Care Act, as well as posts on lessons from early ACA Medicaid expansions, the growth of accountable care organizations, and health information technology for the accountable care era.

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The Latest Health Wonk Review


June 27th, 2013
by Chris Fleming

The latest Health Wonk Review is over at Wing of Zock. Sarah Sonies and Jennifer Salopek have compiled an interesting collection of posts, including Benjamin Sommers and coauthors’ Health Affairs Blog post examining the lessons of early state Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act.

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