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October 13, 2015 | 

The Latest Health Wonk Review

"Harvest time is here," writes Joe Paduda in the latest health wonk review at Managed Care Matters. Joe's blogging cornucopia includes a Health Affairs Blog post by David Krueger and John Touissant describing the limitations of current Medicare shared-savings models and suggesting a better approach.

Legislative Efforts To Repeal Key Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act

On October 9, 2015 the House of Representatives Budget Committee approved budget reconciliation legislation intended to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It offers a number of procedural advantages in the legislative process, the most important of which is that a budget...

What Health Policy Analysts Can Learn From Development Economics

In the 1993 paper, economists Kevin Murphy, Robert Vishny and Andrei Shleifer distinguish between productive activities and rent-seeking. The very same model can be used to explain the dysfunctionality in our health care system, and help us understand why so many proposed reforms are completely...

How To Qualify For Advance Premium Tax Credits For 2016

Implementing Health Reform. In order to qualify for advance premium tax credits (APTC) for 2016, enrollees who received APTC during 2014 must file income taxes for 2014 and reconcile the APTC they received in 2014 with the premium tax credits to which they were actually entitled given their...

CMS Releases Technical Guidance For QRS And QHP Enrollee Experience Surveys (Updated)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Quality Rating System (QRS) and Quality Health Plan (QHP) Enrollee Experience Survey: Technical Guidance for 2016 as well as its 2016 QRS Measure Technical Specifications.

Time To Implement IOM Health IT Recommendations For Improving Diagnosis

The IOM recently released “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” and made several recommendations regarding use and/or misuse of EHRs in the diagnostic process. We speculate on possible scenarios if these recommendations were in place before September 2014, when a patient with Ebola was misdiagnosed.

October 9, 2015 | Health IT, Hospitals, Public Health, Quality

Palliative Care: Continued Progress But Gaps Remain

Findings from a report by The Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Palliative Care Research Center suggest continued growth in the prevalence of hospital palliative care programs, especially in the largest hospitals that serve the majority of U.S. patients. Gaps in access persist,...

An Underutilized Tool For Foundations—Policy Change

A staffer at a California foundation explains why and how it funds policy work.

Narrative Matters: Poems On The Patient Experience And The Practice Of Medicine

This spring, Health Affairs held its first ever poetry contest. Three winning poems were published in the journal. We’re also featuring some of our other favorites on the Blog throughout the month of October. This week features poems by Micaela Mascialino and Cindy Potts.