Posts for Cost & Quality

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

Health Homes: Creating a Stronger Medicaid Program While Reducing Costs

Arizona’s decision to eliminate coverage for some heart, liver, lung, pancreas and bone marrow transplants has received a lot of attention because of its immediate life-and-death implications: potentially denying organs to 100 adults currently on the tran

Stuck in the Middle with You

A few weeks ago, Time magazine included a short essay that caught the eye of several of us here at Community Catalyst. In “The Coping Conundrum,” author Nancy Gibbs gently, but insistently, spotlights the unique issues faced by Americans in the sandwich g

The Future of Health Care

How are we going to change the cost curve in health care and provide the highest quality of care? Dr. Bob Master – one of the country’s leading health care visionaries - has a great answer. Six years ago, Bob came to Community Catalyst as a fellow of the
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