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A New Contributor to the "Making Health Care Reform Work" blog

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 - 19:31
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 19:21
Dear Readers: I'd like to introduce another contributor to the "Making Health Care Reform Work" blog. Stephen Majors, a graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, is a researcher for the blog and will post smaller items about health care reform implementation to complement longer pieces by Don Kettl and Jack Meyer. Stephen, a former reporter with The Associated Press, looks forward to contributing to the blog. Please stay tuned for more posts in the coming days and weeks!

A Lesson From Howard County, MD

Monday, May 24th, 2010 - 8:06
Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:01
The obsession with health reform—surely well-placed—was bringing health care to the uninsured. But there’s fascinating evidence that the problem is a lot more complicated than the debates revealed. Go to the richest county in the nation’s richest state—Maryland’s Howard County. Under the leadership of the head of the health department, Dr. Peter Beilenson, the county beat the feds to the punch by creating its own exchange to bring health insurance to all the county’s residents.

Don't Forget About Medicaid

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - 23:35
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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 23:13
Medicare demonstration programs featuring new incentives for hospitals and physicians to provide the most efficient, high-quality health care possible have received considerable attention as part of the new health care reform legislation. But another provision of the law related to Medicaid encourages states to experiment with new delivery and payment models. Physicians will have an opportunity to receive more payment from Medicaid, but they will have to show results in the new demonstration projects in terms of efficient care and good health outcomes in return.

Implementing Health Care Reform

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - 12:38
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Through this blog, Kettl and featured guests will discuss emerging challenges such as enrolling some 16 million new Medicaid and SCHIP applicants, establishing state insurance exchanges, and finding enough doctors and nurses to meet the needs of a growing aging population. Join the conversation.

A discussion with NGA Executive Director Dr. Ray Scheppach

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 17:04
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 16:38
JM: What are the major challenges involved in implementing the new national health reform legislation?

Blog FAQ - Making Health Care Reform Work

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 15:49
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Blog Overview - Implementing Health Care Reform

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 15:37
The conversation on this blog will be different from most of what you’ve seen. After a truly epic debate, a new strategy for health insurance is now the law of the land. If the battle over passing it was huge, the challenge of making it work will be even larger. Health care, as pundits of every stripe have bleated, represents 1/6 of the U.S. economy—and a part of the economy in which every American has a living, breathing interest.

Just what is an "exchange"?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - 17:45
By Donald F. Kettl         We all know that health “exchanges” are the big innovation of the health insurance reform act. We know they’re supposed to drive down costs, provide citizens with more choice, and ensure that everyone has access to coverage.

Implementing Health Reform: Some Daunting Challenges

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - 21:05
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Now that national health reform has been enacted, it is time to move from partisan posturing to practical matters.  Specifically, we need to start asking: How are we going to make this work? Though battles are still raging over some provisions in the final bill (e.g. the Constitutionality of individual mandates) people are beginning to turn their attention to the details of implementing the new law.

Welcome to Kettl's Health Care Implementation Blog!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - 19:32
With this post, I want to welcome you to a new blog on health reform. Everyone has a stake in the issue; one of the few things that all humans share is breathing and an intense desire to continue doing so. One of the other things they share is a connection to government—the need for some mechanism to bring some order to basic human chaos. And of course, many people make their living as part of the health care industry.  Put these elements together and fireworks are inevitable.