Bipartisanship has been rare in Congress of late, and the House and Senate deserve praise for their efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. However, the bill that has emerged from a congressional conference committee has several important flaws.
Medicare recently delayed a plan to issue a simple “star” rating of individual hospitals’ care. However, if the hospital groups that sought this delay truly seek to sever the industry from its self-protective past, they don’t have to wait for government.
By 2030, 74 million Americans will be 65 years of age or more. Ensuring a safe, age-friendly home and utilizing the home as a potential site of care for seniors should be seen as important policy objectives to support care management.
Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart Receives William B. Graham Health Services Research Prize
Health Affairs congratulates our founding editor, John K. Iglehart, on being named the 2016 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research for his contributions to the health of the public through health services management, health policy development, and healthcare delivery.
May 20, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs
We have a shortage of primary care providers, already acute in some areas of the country, and it’s expected to significantly grow in the years ahead. Demand for accessible primary care, including through retail clinics, is increasing. What impact are these clinics having on cost, access, and quality?
Those working outside of medicine and public health can be valuable partners in addressing the social determinants that shape our health and well-being, the leaders of the Aetna Foundation and the American Public Health Association say.
The role of patients in health research is changing dramatically to play a meaningful role in research. That’s critical, because health care is increasingly judged on the value it delivers to patients, as well as clinicians and the nation as a whole.
Health Affairs Web First: In 2013, US Spent More On Mental Disorders Than On Any Other Medical Condition
A new study, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, estimated health spending by medical condition for the entire US population and found that in 2013, $201 billion were spent on mental disorders -- more than on any other medical condition.