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Request For Abstracts: The Practice Of Medicine

Health Affairs seeks submissions for a series of articles focusing on the practice of medicine that we will begin publishing in early 2017.

February 17, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

New Deadlines Give Insurers More Time To Decide On 2018 Marketplace Participation

On February 17, the Department released drafts of a proposed bulletin announcing new rate filing deadlines; a revised list of key dates for 2017; and an addendum to its 2018 letter to issuers in the federally facilitated marketplace released last December incorporating the new certification dates.

February 17, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

ACA Round-Up: House Replacement Principles, New Bills, And Coverage Rate Updates

Recent health reform developments include a House Republican Leadership policy brief outlining its favored approach to replacing the Affordable Care Act; new legislation regarding pre-existing conditions, health savings accounts, and association health plans; and new coverage estimates.

February 17, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Can Employers Take A Bigger Role In Controlling Drug Costs?

Employees and employers alike continue to suffer from ‘sticker shock’ for prices for new drugs. While considerable attention has been paid to potential actions by Medicare or the FDA, there has been less focus on the role of private payers to solve the issue.

Aligning Philanthropy To Support Locally Driven Health Interventions Addressing Upstream Issues

The BUILD Health Challenge is bringing together nonprofits with local public health departments and hospitals to identify bold, upstream, innovative, local, and data-driven solutions to health problems. BUILD, supported by multiple funders, reports results from a project to help low-income kids...

February 16, 2017 | Costs and Spending, GrantWatch, Public Health

Hospitals, Hospital Medicine, And Health For All

The field of hospital medicine---which combines knowledge in acute care and inpatient medicine with expertise in hospital care delivery---can steward the valuable resource of hospital care toward high performance. The global community should manage and cultivate it across health care contexts.

Health Affairs Web First: Health Spending Growth Projections, 2016–25

New estimates released today from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) project an average rate of national health spending growth of 5.6 percent for 2016–25.

February 16, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Unpacking The Trump Administration's Market Stabilization Proposed Rule

On February 15, HHS released its first notice of proposed rulemaking of the Tom Price era, intended to shore up the individual health insurance markets. What’s in the proposed rule, what might its effects be, and what else must be done to stabilize the markets?

February 16, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

The Urban Institute Model Of Financing Long-Term Services And Supports: A Critical Review

In this post, I make the case that there are serious flaws in a recent Urban Institute attempt at modeling, employed in Health Affairs, for new public insurance programs for financing LTSS.

February 15, 2017 | Long-term Services and Supports

Obstacles On The Road To Risk

A recent survey of American Medical Group Association members showed that health systems across the nation still see the destination called value as a distant sign still ahead of us.