Loving and Hating Obamacare With One Muddled Mind By Jonathan Bernstein Bloomberg View, August 25, 2014 E.J. Dionne has a nice column pointing out that while “Obamacare” remains unpopular, most of the provisions are well-liked, and thus Democrats should run on the issue. As regular readers know, I certainly agree that the individual components of […]
By Don McCanne August 25, 2014 This weekend numerous organizations dedicated to single payer reform assembled in Oakland, California for the 2014 National Strategy Conference. Participating organizations included Healthcare NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, One Payer States, National Nurses United, Physicians for a National Health Program, Progressive Democrats of America, and many others. So […]
Project Evaluation Activity in Support of Partnership for Patients: Task 2 Evaluation Progress Report Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)Submitted 7/10/2014 The Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign was launched in April 2011 with the ambitious goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent. To reduce […]
Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth It By Austin Frakt The New York Times, August 18, 2014 Medicare Advantage plans — private plans that serve as alternatives to the traditional, public program for those that qualify for it — underperform traditional Medicare in one respect: They cost 6 percent more. But […]
Study Shows “Copper Plan” Would Lower Premiums by 18 Percent Bill by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) would expand employer health coverage Council for Affordable Health Coverage, August 18, 2014 The Council for Affordable Health Coverage today released an estimate by Avalere Health LLC showing that legislation to permit a new, less expensive tier of insurance […]
Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates Of Preventable Hospital Admissions By Lawrence P. Casalino, Michael F. Pesko, Andrew M. Ryan, Jayme L. Mendelsohn, Kennon R. Copeland, Patricia Pamela Ramsay, Xuming Sun, Diane R. Rittenhouse and Stephen M. Shortell Health Affairs, August 13, 2014 (online) The Affordable Care Act and initiatives by private health […]
To: Sylvia Burwell, ￼Secretary of Health and Human Services From: Over 300 patient advocacy groups Letter, July 28, 2014 Based on reports of enrollee experiences during the first year of Marketplace implementation, we have identified a number of concerns. These include discriminatory benefit designs that limit access, such as restrictive formularies and inadequate provider networks; […]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects the public from pharmaceutical firms that increase their drug sales by not being totally forthcoming about both the effectiveness and safety of their drug products. The required drug labeling is based on the best information available. History has repeatedly confirmed that such oversight is essential even now with the pharmaceuticals firms having paid tens of billions of dollars in penalties for these continuing violations.
The Evolution Of A Two-Tier Health Insurance Exchange System By Rosemarie Day, Pamela Nadash and Angelique Hrycko Health Affairs Blog, August 13, 2014 Health reform has been a catalyst for change. It has fostered the creation of public health insurance exchanges and accelerated existing trends in health insurance coverage for employees. Many employers are reevaluating […]
More Employers Limit Health Plan Networks But Seek To Preserve Quality, Says Adviser By Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News, August 13, 2014 Dr. Robert Galvin is chief executive officer of Equity Healthcare (a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackstone, a global investment and advisory firm), where he works with executives of nearly 50 companies that […]
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