Posts for Cost & Quality

Expert Task Force Recommendations: Setting High COI Standards to Protect Patient Care and Medical Education

It’s no secret that medical device and pharmaceutical companies have had long-standing relationships with medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their faculty and clinical staff. But some of these relationships go too far.

Voices for Better Health Cheers Launch of Change AGEnts Initiative!

Recently, Community Catalyst’s Voices for Better Health program released a new video featuring the story of a mother and daughter – Sally and Edna – whose lives have been dramatically improved in the last few years. These improvements came about...

Much Ado about Rates - Part II

A steady stream of news headlines about states’ new health insurance rates for plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have generated buzz and also caused some confusion.

Much Ado about Rates

Lately, we’ve seen a flood of states announcing new health insurance rates for plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So what do they all mean? To start, the new rates are mainly for the individual market, for people who buy insurance on their own.

DOMA Ruling: Better Health Care Access for LGBT Families

If you walked around our office last Thursday morning, you would have found nearly everyone’s eyes glued to SCOTUSBlog, awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Proposition 8 case from California.

Help for Improving Long-Term Services

After a long gestation, the federal government this week birthed new guidance designed to help managed care for Medicaid long-term services and supports (MLTSS) grow up into a more consumer-friendly, homey program.

A Blueprint for Consumer Engagement in Dual Eligible Demonstrations

Building anything new is tough. That’s why we turn to blueprints and experts. The same principle applies to the federal demonstration projects for people eligible for Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) under construction in more than 20 states.

The Fine Print

Building new ways of delivering care to the millions of older adults and people with disabilities who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) is a daunting task. There is much work to be done.

Greater Than the Sum

April is National Minority Health Month and it is more important than ever to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect the health of millions of Americans.
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