Tag Archives: Spending

Public Health Funding And OMB Director Mulvaney’s “Taxpayer First” Test

Do taxpayers really want the budgets of effective federal public health programs to be cut? Budget decisionmakers are reminded that investing in disease prevention and emergency preparedness protects us all because diseases like pandemic influenza and Zika don't discriminate by party...

June 8, 2017

Several Kansas Foundations Encourage Expansion Of Kansas Medicaid

For two years, Kansas has ignored a national policy decision that could be saving the state money now while providing coverage to more than 150,000 uninsured Kansans.

February 4, 2016

To Reduce Unnecessary Care, Choosing Wisely Moves from Awareness to Implementation

The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign used a different approach by inviting physicians to recommend solutions to the problem of unnecessary tests and procedures.

June 30, 2015

It Is Time To Make Oral Health An Integral Part Of Primary Care

To reduce the burden of oral disease, the efforts and skills of both primary care providers and dentists and their respective teams will be required. It's too big a job for either discipline alone.

June 25, 2015

A Foundation Delves into Health Care Price Transparency

A foundation convened more than sixty Kentucky leaders in government, business, policy, and health care for a facilitated discussion about price transparency. Speakers were from the National Academy for State Health Policy, Consumers Union, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and other organizations...

May 21, 2015

Changes Needed To Fulfill The Potential Of Medicare’s ACO Program

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Medicare’s main program for accountable care organizations (ACOs), has grown rapidly since it began in 2012. It added 89 new provider organizations earlier this year, bringing the total to over 400 Medicare ACOs across the country. About one in six...

April 8, 2015

Latest Health Wonk Review

If you haven't already, take a look at the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted at Wing of Zock by Jennifer Salopek. Jennifer includes Charles Roehrig's Health Affairs Blog post, "What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve?”

April 2, 2015

Revisiting Mortality Versus Survival In International Comparisons Of Cancer Care

No one doubts that the US spends more than any other country on health care.  Whether this higher spending produces commensurate health benefits, however, is far from certain. In the April 2012 issue of Health Affairs, Philipson et. al. make an intuitively persuasive observation, one which...

April 1, 2015

Paying For The ‘Doc Fix’

For years now it has become apparent that the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system is not sustainable.  However, fixing the SGR will require increases in budgeted costs, and so one of the major barriers to replacing the SGR is figuring out how to pay for the fix. Towards this end, it is...

March 26, 2015

Health Affairs Web First: Without CHIP, Sharply Higher Insurance Costs For Many Low-Income Families

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now set to expire after September 2015. A new study, being released by Health Affairs as a Web First, and also appearing in its April issue, examines the availability and cost of dependent coverage for children through...

March 26, 2015