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Implementing Health Reform: CMS Prepares For 2016 Enrollment; Court Turns Back ACA Challenge

It seems like the 2015 open enrollment period has just ended, but CMS is beginning to gear up for 2016. On April 22, CMS released a Guidance on Eligibility Redetermination and Re-enrollments for Marketplace Coverage for 2016. An appeals court also turned back another challenge to the ACA.

April 24, 2015 | Following the ACA

Integrating Behavioral Medicine Into Primary Care GME: A Necessary Paradigm For 21st Century Ambulatory Practice

The recently developed Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program can address the mental health access problem through its unique integration of behavioral medicine into primary care graduate medical education.

Teaching Health Centers: Targeted Expansion For Immediate GME Reform

There is an opportunity to immediately initiate reform of graduate medical education with minimal change to current appropriations and statutes through the existing Teaching Health Center GME program and a rejuvenated Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Call For Submissions: Health Affairs Brings Back DataWatch

Health Affairs is now encouraging submissions to its DataWatch section.

April 24, 2015 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Health Information Technology: Where We Stand And Where We Need To Go

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology discusses her view of the health information technology landscape and outlines an agenda for her office.

April 24, 2015 | Health IT, Organization and Delivery

More from the Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference: Diane Meier on Palliative Care; a Film on Elder Care

Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a past MacArthur Fellow (2008), Diane Meier pointed out in her speech to GIH conference attendees that palliative care is not limited to the dying.

Like Taking Candy From A Baby? The Not-So-Easy Policy Landscape For Cutting Added Sugars In America

The consumption of added sugars in the United States contributes to a number of population health problems. Fiscal and regulatory proposals for limiting added sugar have included nutrition labeling, alteration or repeal of government agricultural subsidies for corn and sugar, taxation of...

April 23, 2015 | Public Health

Implementing Health Reform: As King Decision Looms, GOP Senators Introduce Transition Plans

What's in GOP Senate plans to transition from the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell and what would be the effects of these plans?

As Vaccination Rates Dip, Parents Walk A Tightrope Between Doubt And Risk

The recent re-emergence of measles in the United States following a 15-year period of occasional cases provides a compelling example of an unresolved societal tension in public health: that between the value of autonomous decision-making and the need for social responsibility.

April 23, 2015 | Population Health, Public Health

Beyond SGR: Aligning The Peanut Butter Of Payment Reform With The Jelly Of Consumer Engagement

We recognize the need for provider-facing initiatives to enhance efficiency and health. We also appreciate the importance of consumer-facing strategies such as education programs, shared decision-making, and price transparency. But we’ve rarely managed to seamlessly blend these two movements.