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The State of Play in the ACA Marketplaces

Last week I was interviewed by Dmitri Sotus on WTOP’s "To Your Health” about the state of competition in the ACA marketplaces. Listen to the podcast episode and get a preview of our June issue.

May 31, 2016 | Once in a Weil

CMMI’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus: Its Promise And Missed Opportunities

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently announced an initiative called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). The program has some very promising components, but also misses some compelling opportunities to further advance payment for primary care services.

We’re Failing Adolescents And Families Coping With Behavioral Health Issues

The consequences of not addressing the teen behavioral health crisis are severe and may span generations, says the head of a foundation in Pennsylvania. The foundation recently kicked off a $500,000 initiative to spark a dialogue and strengthen prevention and treatment services.

May 31, 2016 | GrantWatch, Quality

Health Affairs Briefing: Behavioral Health

Join us on Tuesday, June 7, for a briefing on behavioral health.

May 27, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

The ACA’s Section 1332: Escape Hatch Or Straightjacket For Reform?

Will Section 1332 waivers be as truly transformative to our health care system? A serious, objective examination of the new Section 1332 federal guidance provides far more questions than answers for policymakers.

Knowledge Is Power: Improving Health Care Information For The Most Vulnerable

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Altarum Institute, and Oliver Wyman consulting firm seek to better understand the challenges that vulnerable patients face in accessing health care information and to make recommendations for improving access to such information.

Understanding How Payment And Benefit Designs Work Together In Health Care

While Medicare and Medicaid benefit design is set by law and effectively frozen, private health care purchasers are able to innovate freely. The Urban Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform partnered to define and categorize the payment methods and benefit designs available in the market...

A Creative Plan That Could Help Providers Ineligible For Meaningful Use Not Get Left Behind In The Paper World

Meaningful use programs have been credited with increasing adoption of EHRs, however many stakeholders are not eligible for meaningful use incentives. When care transitions involve a patchwork of paper and electronic systems, a myriad of errors emerges, and the result is substantially less than...

Congressional Risk Corridor Payout Limits Spawning Legal Difficulties (Updated)

Two lawsuits illustrate the legal difficulties for the administration created by Congress’ limiting of ACA “risk corridor” payments---made to insurers with high claims costs---to amounts contributed to the risk corridor program by insurers with low costs.

May 24, 2016 | Following the ACA

New Health Policy Brief: Uninsurance Rates And The Affordable Care Act

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation considers how uninsurance rates are changing under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was implemented to decrease the number of Americans lacking health insurance.

May 24, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs