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King v. Burwell And The Importance Of State Politics

The fight about health reform is not over, with Republican presidential candidates promising to repeal the law while supporters of the law push for Medicaid expansion and the development of ACOs. But it is important to pause and reflect on what we have learned the last five years.

Health Affairs Web First: Improved Pneumococcal Vaccine Costs More, But 10-Year Savings Projected

A new study estimated the additional cost of PCV13 use by public and private US insurance payers to be $3.5 billion and $2.6 billion, respectively, over PCV7, between 2010 and 2019.

How Medicaid Coverage For Doula Care Could Improve Birth Outcomes, Reduce Costs, And Improve Equity

One policy effort with the potential to ameliorate equity concerns while improving care and reducing the costs of childbirth is currently being taken up by Oregon and Minnesota. These states have expanded Medicaid coverage to include doula services for pregnant beneficiaries.

Implementing Health Reform: First-Year Results From Reinsurance And Risk Adjustment Programs

On June 30, 2015, right on schedule, CMS announced the results of the first year of the operation of the reinsurance and risk adjustment programs. From all appearances, the programs are operating successfully as intended.

Improving Patient Safety Incident Reporting? There’s An App For That

Researchers at the Centre for Health Policy (CHP) based at Imperial College London are testing a new approach to patient safety incident reporting through the innovative use of app-based technology.

Primary Care Workforce: The Need To Lower Barriers For Nurse Practitioners And Physicians

For the past three years, we have tracked primary care workforce numbers comparing the annual primary care residency match data with the primary care nurse practitioner (NP) graduation rates. The physician numbers continue to be relatively flat while the nurse practitioner data continues to surge.

To Reduce Unnecessary Care, Choosing Wisely Moves from Awareness to Implementation

The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign used a different approach by inviting physicians to recommend solutions to the problem of unnecessary tests and procedures.

The ACA Survives -- But With A Note Of Caution For The Future?

Chief Justice Roberts offered two reasons for declining to defer to the IRS’ interpretation of the ACA. But I want to focus on what these two aspects of the Chief Justice’s logic may mean for health law in particular.

Implementing Health Reform: Contraceptive Coverage Religious Accommodations, House v. Burwell, And More

The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell that the federally facilitated exchanges can grant premium tax credits was clearly the big Affordable Care Act implementation news for the end of June, if not for the year. But it was not the only ACA-related news.

Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List

“Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List” is a monthly roundup where we share some of the most compelling health care narratives driving the news and conversation in recent weeks. This month covers topics on addiction, autism, cancer, and more.