Posts for Cost & Quality

Measurement That Matters: A Starting Point to Get to “Better, Smarter, Healthier”

In January, we asked “How do we get to better, smarter, healthier?” One of the steps we identified was developing better people-centered health quality measures. The IOM recently released a report that has the potential to be a game changer.

Proposed rule makes huge strides for behavioral health equity in Medicaid

The federal government released a proposed regulation earlier this month spelling out how mental health and substance use disorders parity standards apply to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).

Let's Help Medicaid Nurture Innovation

Everywhere you look these days, more initiatives are sprouting to improve the health system. Medicaid is no exception, it is a program willing and able to help states lead the way toward more effective and efficient care.

Campaigning for Quality

Maryland is implementing innovative changes to how hospitals are paid. At the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, we believe consumer involvement will be essential to achieving the goals of lower costs and better quality care.

Moving CHIP Forward: Discussion Draft Demands Response

Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch (R-UT), House E&C Chairman Upton (R-MI), and Representative Pitts (R-PA) released a discussion draft that outlines their vision for the future of CHIP.

How do we get to Better Smarter Healthier? Five Key Steps

From our perspective, the recipe for "better, smarter, healthier" must include these five ingredients.

The Advocate's Dilemma

I recently participated in a panel discussion on medication safety issues with a colleague who serves as a patient advocate. We've been on panels together and make a great team—a doctor and a lawyer who are actually on the same side!

The Smart Shopper's Guide to Medicaid Managed Care Plans

In this season of giving, Community Catalyst has teamed up with the Kaiser Family Foundation to create an online tool that gathers in one place, for the first time, key data on the records of these companies.

Choosing Wisely

Seeing patients at my local health clinic, I recently had a fairly typical day for many doctors.
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