Consumers: The Indispensable North Star for Medicaid ACOs

Last week, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst published a report, Consumer Engagement in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations: A Review of Practices in Six States.

CMS Provides Arizona Families with a ‘Waiver’ of Relief

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some good news for Arizona’s children and families.

Fuzzy Math: Congress Makes a Small Down Payment for Opioid Response

Tucked in to last week’s continuing resolution was startup funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Dental Therapy Is a Solution to the Oral Health Crisis Everyone Can Agree On

Chances are you know someone who has struggled to access dental care. It is a nationwide crisis that, according to the American Dental Association, is only projected to worsen. The need for accessible dental care is most urgent in rural...

The Takeaway: Battle Lines Being Drawn

As the race for the White House tightens, a number of stories over the past week have cast a bright light on how the election outcome could shape future health care policy.

Identifying Racial Bias in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Implicit bias among health care providers is a key factor contributing to racial and ethnic health disparities.

Advocates and CMS Agree, Ohio’s Medicaid Waiver is Not Healthy for Ohio

Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) rejected Ohio’s “Healthy Ohio” Medicaid waiver proposal, which included provisions that would have undermined health coverage for many low-income Ohioans. Among other changes, the state requested permission to require low-income...

An Opening for Consumers to Get a Seat at the Table on Health System Transformation

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to serve on behalf of Community Catalyst on the Health Care Transformation Task Force - a consortium of patients, payers, providers and purchasers...

Where Are They Now?: The Challenges of Health Care and Housing Instabilities

Follow the journey of a young woman named Shanice, who struggled with living uninsured.