States, Localities Inspire Federal Data-Driven Management

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - 11:43
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:33
A new report by Harry Hatry and Elizabeth Davies, “A Guide to Data-Driven Federal Performance Reviews,” examines federal agencies that are pioneering data-driven performance reviews to improve agency effectiveness and effi­ciency.

HHS Talks With States About Exchange Partnerships

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - 8:57
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 08:35
Health officials from the states -- even those with Republican leadership opposed to the health reform law -- met with Obama administration officials in Washington yesterday to discuss partnerships for establishing and running health insurance exchanges, according to Kaiser Health News and McClatchy News Service.

Web-Enabled Coordination

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - 11:04
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:52
Nancy Roberts, in a recent article for Public Administration Review, “Beyond Smokestacks and Silos,” explores “open-source, web-enabled coordination in organizations and networks.” She observes that there are different approaches used when the goal is to coordinate action within organizations vs. when the goal is to coordinate across networks.

States Try Ways to Modernize Medicaid Ahead of Coverage Expansion

Monday, September 12th, 2011 - 8:17
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 08:10
This blog post is by Chad Perman, a first-year master's student at the Maryland School of Public Policy who will be helping out with the "Making Health Care Reform Work" blog.

IBM Center 2011 Call for Research Report Proposals

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 - 11:14
Since creation of the IBM Center for The Business of Government more than 13 years ago, it has been our goal to help public sector executives and managers address real-world problems by supporting leading researchers who produce empirical evidence to inform the debates about whether particular management approaches will improve government performance.

Some Consumer Advocates Worry Health Law Implementation Favoring Business

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 - 8:02
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 07:51
Kaiser Health News has a good story today chronicling some consumer advocates' displeasure with how multiple facets of the health reform law have been implemented. Some advocates, while unwilling to speak out publicly, have voiced private concerns that decision after decision is favoring business interests over those of individual consumers.

Recovering from the Recovery Act?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 - 11:19
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 11:15
In 2009, the Recovery Act provided a one-time boost in spending to state and local govern­ments of more than $275 billion which was distributed via 65 different new or existing federal programs. This one-time increase in state-local spending was nearly 60 percent over the previous year!

The Virginia Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 - 10:30
These funds were accompanied by a new, centralized system of strict financial accountability and perfor­mance reporting, with frequent reporting requirements. These new requirements, as well as the rapid implementation time­frame required by the Recovery Act, created an enormous implementation challenge for all the participants in our federal-state-local-non­profit intergovernmental system.

CMS Solicits Bundled Payments Proposals From Providers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - 7:53
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 07:37
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began soliciting proposals for bundled payments to treat patients, with specific deadlines for four different models.

Proposed Rules Strive to Make Insurance Coverage Intelligible to Consumers

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 - 9:57
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 09:41
One of the less controversial -- though not less important -- components of the health reform law requires insurers to present their coverage products to consumers in a standardized format, akin to nutrition labels on food. The goal is to help consumers avoid the "fine print" pitfalls that sometimes mark insurance products.