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The Latest Health Wonk Review

Louise Norris celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Colorado Health Insurance Insider with the latest Health Wonk Review.

September 23, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Grants On Tap: Funders Support Clean Drinking Water

The tragedy in Flint, Michigan, and subsequent reports of contaminated drinking water elsewhere in America have made clear that our national drinking water infrastructure is failing to protect public health. What is philanthropy doing to help?

House v. Burwell And Qualified Health Plans For 2017

A new CMS provision on qualified health plans addresses concerns raised by House v. Burwell.

September 22, 2016 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Value: Can We Afford To Think Long-Term While Ignoring Budget Impact?

New experiments in payment methodology and the delivery of care have the potential to improve value for patients and the health care system in the future. However, it is critical to appreciate how budget impact analyses can help catalyze innovative pricing and payment approaches.

Budget Criteria And Drug Value Assessments: A Case Of Apples And Oranges?

Health technology assessment will likely play an integral role in health care’s paradigm shift from a system that rewards volume to one that rewards value. More controversial, however, is the role of budgetary criteria in determining value and in governing access to health care technologies.

Health Affairs Web First: Safety Net Readmission Rates Decline

A new Health Affairs study compared thirty-day readmission rates of safety-net hospitals and other hospitals for fiscal years 2013 and 2016.

September 21, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs, Hospitals

Medicare ACOs: Incremental Progress, But Performance Varies

In this post, we provide brief comments on the Pioneer ACO results with a more detailed look at the MSSP results, along with some reflections on the program going forward.

How Community Partnerships Can Help End Food Insecurity (Part 2)

In part two, we take a close look at how the Greater Boston Food Bank has developed a scalable model that community health centers might use to address food insecurity in their communities.

How Community Partnerships Can Help End Food Insecurity (Part 1)

In part one of a two-part series, we discuss how food insecurity in the US is a preventable condition in need of attention and creative, multidisciplinary solutions.

Reducing Low-Value Care

The Institute of Medicine estimated that $765 billion were wasted health care expenditures in 2013. In order to get a better understanding of the complexities of low-value care, we conducted interviews with 13 people representing a breadth of perspectives.

September 20, 2016 | Equity and Disparities, Quality