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The Payment Reform Landscape: Maternity Care Progress And Stagnation

We can intervene less and spend less money in labor and delivery care while improving the quality of care for women and their babies. Why then is there so much unnecessary intervention and why is it so persistent?

September 30, 2016 | Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

ACA Round-Up: Appropriations, Battles Over Reinsurance Program Collections, And More

Recent ACA developments include a continuing resolution largely devoid of new restrictions on the law’s implementation, a GAO opinion backing Republican assertions that some reinsurance program collections should go to the Treasury, new reported coverage gains, and evolving ACA-related litigation.

September 30, 2016 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Fail To Scale: Why Great Ideas In Health Care Don’t Thrive Everywhere

In the world of fine wine, it is well known that some types of wine grapes grow only in very specific climates and ecologies. Is it possible that the concept of terroir also applies in health care?

By The Numbers: Our Progress In Digitizing Health Care

The US has seen a historic health IT transformation, moving from a primarily paper-based health system to one where virtually everyone has a digital footprint of their care.

September 29, 2016 | Health IT, Hospitals, Organization and Delivery

A Unified Medicare Payment System For Post-Acute Care Is Feasible

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.

CMS Bolsters Outreach To Young Adults As Open Enrollment Nears

A new campaign to enroll young adults will employ several different strategies to reach this population, including a gamer social video platform. In other ACA news, Hawai'i has completed its Section 1332 waiver.

September 27, 2016 | Following the ACA

People Post: Staff And Board Changes In Health Philanthropy

Read "people news" from foundations around the country.

September 27, 2016 | Global Health, GrantWatch, Public Health

The Proposed Federal ‘Right-To-Try’ Law Is Not The Answer For Critically Ill Patients

In May, the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 was introduced in the Senate. After reading the model legislation and the proposed Senate bill, I decided that while the right-to-try movement has a goal I could approve of in theory, I think it will be counter-productive in the end.

New Guidance on Premium Rate Increases

CMS releases new guidance for premium rate increases determined by CMS or a State to be "unreasonable."

September 26, 2016 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Building A 21st Century Health Department To Lead Baltimore’s Culture Of Health

While 97 percent of health care costs are spent on medical care delivered in hospitals, only 10 percent of what determines life-expectancy takes place within the four walls of a health care facility.