We stand behind our original analysis and remain convinced that DYNASIM, the model used to generate our simulations, is a valuable tool for projecting LTSS spending and evaluating alternative financing options.
March 17, 2017
With the focus of Congress once again turning to health reform, we have an opportunity to fix the problems with the ACA, and find solutions to health care challenges that the ACA failed to address. One such challenge is the looming crisis of aging and long-term care.
March 16, 2017
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
Given the states’ role in funding safety-net programs, as well as the fact that early signs indicate a push towards more privatization of Medicare and Medicaid, states should consider levers to expand local access to palliative care.
January 30, 2017
As currently structured, most ACOs contain a serious flaw: the vast majority of ACO financing structures, including most of those promoted by CMS and state Medicaid programs, carve out the largest drivers of health: social, environmental, and community factors.
January 25, 2017
Following the US presidential election on November 8, what are foundation staffers saying? Colleagues from one national funder, for example, said they hope that the election results "will not alter the nation's commitment to improving insurance coverage and health care."
November 22, 2016
We examine the current political divides and opportunities for action in health policy in the coming years.
October 11, 2016
Congress requested that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommend features of a unified payment system and consider the effects of moving to such a system. Our work found that a unified payment system is possible and would reduce current distortions.
September 28, 2016
As individuals age, their need for both medical and nonmedical services and supports increases. In a recent report, we review current policies addressing the needs of family caregivers, evaluate emerging evidence on the effectiveness of these policies, and suggest some potential new policy...
September 8, 2016
Underlying Medicare law was built for a purely fee-for-service system. As alternative payment models evolve and grow, they are encountering significant statutory barriers to their success — barriers that only Congress can bring down.
August 2, 2016