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National Health Spending Grows Faster In 2015

A new Web First from Health Affairs estimates that in 2015 health care spending in the United States grew at a rate of 5.8 percent and reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person.

Barriers To Change: The View From Berlin

For the past two years, Health Affairs has published blog posts arising from the Center for Healthcare Management’s forums, held in Berlin. These events are unlike a typical conference—more conversation than presentation, and more participation by various actors in the health care sector than...

December 2, 2016 | Once in a Weil, Payment Policy

A Funder Collaborative To Integrate Oral Health Into Primary Care Sets The Bar

Nearly four years ago, three foundations around the country set out to engage primary care providers in promoting the relationship of good oral health to overall health and to gain their support for an efficient and effective delivery framework. What are the outcomes and lessons learned from...

President-Elect Trump Selects Price For HHS And Verma For CMS

As has been widely reported, President-elect Donald Trump has put forward the names of Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Modifying Hospital Community Benefit Tax Policy: Easing Regulation, Advancing Population Health

The Trump Administration could take steps---under existing legislative authority---to broaden the longstanding definition of “community benefit” spending to promote fuller community-wide health improvement partnerships between tax-exempt hospitals and the communities they serve.

The Current 21st Century Cures Legislation Is Still A Bad Deal For Patients

We believe the bill’s potential benefits and modestly enhanced funding for scientific advancement are far outweighed by the increased risk of patient harm, and added pressure on the FDA to rush new products to market without adequate evidence.

Improving Kids’ Access To Team Sports Through Fee Waivers

Participation in youth sports can help reduce obesity, improve self-confidence, and develop critical social skills. But participation doesn’t come cheap and not all children get to play.

People Post: Staff And Board Changes At Health Foundations

Read about comings and goings at foundations across the country, as well as honors received by a number of staffers.

November 29, 2016 | GrantWatch, Health Professionals

Health Affairs Briefing: Oral Health

Join us for our next issue briefing on Oral Health on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

November 29, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

How Value-Based Payment Arrangements Should Measure Behavioral Health

There is a way forward for behavioral health performance measurement strategies that psychiatrists, agency directors, payers, and providers should consider as they enter into VBP arrangements.