Recovering from the Recovery Act, Part 2

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 - 11:18
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 11:12
Last month, the IBM Center issued a report examining the implementation of the Recovery Act from a “bottom-up” perspective of several cities in the state of Virginia, and what insights they offered from their implementation experience.  Now, here’s a new report with a “top-down” perspective, authored by Ed DeSeve, who oversaw the implementation of the Recovery Act from Vice President Joe Biden’

Obama Administration Softens ACO Regulations in Response to Industry Concerns

Friday, October 21st, 2011 - 14:05
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 13:30
After a firestorm of criticism about its first iteration of regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs), the Obama administration has released final regulations that are much more palatable to the health care industry.

Collaborative Governance in Action

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - 17:36
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 17:31
A series of separate initiatives to encourage innovative cross-agency and cross-governmental efforts seem to be beginning to connect the dots among themselves.  These include:

For Some States, Health Reform Law is a Tether

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - 14:26
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 14:10
Flexibility is the name of the game according to proponents of the law including the President himself. However, the much heralded waiver system which has been employed for decades with joint federal-state programs like Medicaid may not be reactive enough for progressive states. Oregon, led by Governor John Kitzhaber, wants to institute a state-wide Medicaid plan available to public employees and payment reform effect immediately.

Obama Administration Ditches Long Term Care Element of Health Reform

Monday, October 17th, 2011 - 12:50
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:33
The Obama administration has decided to jettison the CLASS Act program, which would have helped seniors pay some of their long-term care costs, coming to the conclusion that the program would have been financially unsustainable.

Want To Cut Costs in Medicaid? Integrate Care for Those Suffering From Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - 13:47
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:39
As states prepare for bringing large numbers of people into Medicaid starting in 2014, it is important for them to have an accurate picture of the health conditions that are driving spending in this program. A recent presentation by Tricia McGinnis at the Center for Health Care Strategies in Princeton, NJ, offers some important guidance.

Health Insurance Marketplace May be Widening

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - 11:54
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:24
While most observers of the Affordable Care Act have been focusing on the law's mandated state health insurance exchanges, private options have been quietly developing. According to the Washington Post , insurers like Wellpoint and benefit consulting firms like Aon Hewitt are moving quickly to establish their own marketplaces.

Florida Sets Up Mini-Exchange for Small Businesses

Monday, October 10th, 2011 - 8:09
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 07:59
Florida, one of the staunchest opponents of the health reform law, will offer a health insurance exchange for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, according to a report from Kaiser Health News. The exchange will not offer coverage to individuals, set a minimum level of essential benefits or provide subsidies to businesses to help them afford coverage. Setting up the exchange for small businesses is a far cry from the exchange(s) called for under health reform.

Report: Increase in Income Over Past Decade Wiped Out By Increased Health Spending

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 - 8:19
Monday, October 3, 2011 - 08:04
The gains in income for the average family of four between 1999 and 2009 were largely offset by increased health spending, according to an article by David Auerbach and Arthur Kellermann in the latest issue of the journal Health Affairs.

CMS Tries Out Coordinated Care Experiment to Reduce Medicare Costs

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - 13:44
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 13:21
The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled on Wednesday a new initiative designed to get primary care practices to better coordinate care with other providers, with the goal of saving money for Medicare. The initiative is separate from the Accountable Care Organization effort; those participating in ACOs cannot also participate in this latest initiative.