Posts for Cost & Quality

Basic Health Program: This Wallflower is About to Bloom

The Basic Health Program isn’t the most flashy or popular provision in the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who’s watched a classic – or even a less-than-classic - teen romantic comedy knows that the shy, somewhat awkward wallflowers often have tremendous

Consumers: The Key to Successful Innovation

Last week, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the first group of organizations for Health Care Innovation awards. As readers may already know, CMMI was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to test innovative payment and d

For Seniors the Affordable Care Act is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This week marks the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. And, while we will devote plenty of space this week to highlighting the many successes of the ACA, we could think of no better place to begin than with the law’s benefits for seniors. Un

A Principled Approach to Better Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Efforts to improve care for seniors and people with disabilities across the country are speeding forward as states take advantage of funding and flexibility offered by the federal government. These initiatives to serve people eligible for both Medicaid an

IOM releases its long awaited EHB Guidance: Tough Medicine

As the Institute of Medicine (IOM) unveiled its report on Essential Health Benefits (EHB) on Friday, there were few surprises.  The panel delivered a high level outline for selecting benefits with a strong recommendation that cost consciousness be its gui

Bundle of Hope?

Last week’s announcement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – a.k.a. The Innovation Center – about the launch of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative offers hope in the battle against out-of-control health care costs. Docto

The Insider: The Choices We Make

The current political debate in Washington suffers from a narrowing of the political space that is considered “serious.” The problem extends well beyond the relative importance and urgency of reducing the national debt and addressing the persistently high

Paving the Way for New Models of Care

Providing insurance to low-income populations, as Medicaid does, improves their overall health and helps maintain financial stability. A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, says that Medicaid recipients, on average, were more likely to

Less pain, more gain: defining an alternative to harmful Medicaid cuts

(please note most links below are pdfs) On Friday, Community Catalyst sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius, outlining eight policies states could implement to cut Medicaid costs. We were inspired to weigh in by a series of letters between the Secretary and
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