Posts for Cost & Quality

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.

Transforming Our Health System: Bringing Drug and Alcohol Treatment into the Fold

With more people gaining access to care, this is a crucial time to strengthen the way we provide and pay for health care. Integrating services for drug and alcohol problems with other care can play a big role in transforming the health system.

Closing the Coverage Gap Won’t Accelerate State Medicaid Spending

We covered more people, and spending went up as a result – this isn’t a particularly interesting story. But the data actually tells a far more intriguing story, buried just a little deeper in the report.
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