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ACA Round-Up: Dollar Thresholds For 2017; Information For Agents And Brokers

On October 27, the Internal Revenue Service released a number of inflation-adjusted thresholds for 2017. On October 26, CMS released at its website a 127 slide primer for the 2017 open enrollment period for agents and brokers participating in

How Are Hospital-Based ACOs Addressing Community Health?

Results from an RWJF-funded study highlight many of the tensions that accountable care organizations are currently facing. Premier Inc., in conjunction with three other firms, developed the study.

Congress Took 233 Days To Respond. Here's How To Prepare For The Next Zika

The response to the Zika outbreak could have been much swifter with an essential tool that Washington has nearly forgotten: the Public Health Emergency Fund.

Employer-Sponsored Insurance Enrollment Stable In 2014

A Health Affairs Web First compared the extent to which US employers dropped or added employer-sponsored insurance between 2013 and 2014.

October 26, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

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

Only when physicians and Nurse Practitioners are able to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training will the nation reap the full benefit of expanded access to quality primary care services and a reduction in unnecessary costs to the health care system.

Examining The Nurse Pipeline: Where We Are And Where We’re Headed

After 14 years of steady growth, the number of newly educated registered nurses in America appears to be leveling off.

October 26, 2016 | Health Professionals

How Can Research Be More Useful And Used? Lessons From A Long-Running Grant-Making Program

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO), an RWJF program, will soon be drawing to a close after many years. What has AcademyHealth, which has directed HCFO over the years, learned?

The FDA’s Controversial Duchenne Drug Approval And The Moral Impulse To Rescue

What can we learn from the Food and Drug Administration’s controversial approval of the first drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)?

October 25, 2016 | Drugs and Medical Innovation, Quality

Government Files Brief In House v. Burwell; ASPE Lays Out 2017 Plans And Premiums (Updated)

On October 24, HHS and Treasury filed their initial brief in their appeal of House v. Burwell in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. On the same date, opened for window shopping for 2017 plans and ASPE released a report on 2017 Marketplace health plan choice and premiums.

The Health Care Payment Learning And Action Network: Supporting Effective Action On Alternative Payment Models

Key LAN participants explain that its framework is a guide for aligning payment with higher-value approaches to care, not a one-size–fits-all march to capitated payment. The authors discuss commentary on the framework by Robert Berenson and colleagues and elaborate on the LAN’s goals and activities.