Post Tagged with: "Affordable Care Act"

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

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November 21, 2014

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Innovation/innovative companies:

The US has always been a place where others from around the world have come to incubate and grow ideas. Now, it appears that innovation must come at a substantial cost–the increasing capital required for drug development as well as taxes on medical device companies only serve to squeeze out the “small guys with big ideas” and limit our ability to continue to produce new, more effective therapies and cures.

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Commonwealth Infographic:  Results for Obamacare So Far

Commonwealth Infographic: Results for Obamacare So Far

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July 10, 2014

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Health care & health policy, INSURANCE, Salber:

A recent Commonwealth Fund survey that people are happy with their new Obamacare coverage. Hey guys, guess what – people like having health insurance (duh!)

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Dr. Jaan Sidorov, host of Disease Management Care Blog

A Path Toward Further Health Reform Is Lined With the IRS?

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June 29, 2014

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POLICY:

As attention has shifted to phantom IRS emails, misbehaving Iraqis and our newfound national awareness of soccer’s off-side rule, it’s only natural for the Population Health Blog to wonder about the status of health reform.

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Kenny Lin, MD, The Common Sense Family Doctor

“Free” health screenings have hidden costs

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April 4, 2014

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Clinical Conditions:

Last week, I spoke to a class of undergraduates about the benefits, harms and politics of screening smokers for lung cancerusing low-dose CT scans. Afterwards, a student asked how I felt about the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Medicare and private insurers cover U.S. Preventive Services Task Force “A” and “B” recommended screening tests and other preventive services without co-payments or deductibles, making them free at the point of care.

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Bob Laszewski, Host of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

Republicans Considering Proposing High-Risk Pools––Health Insurance Ghettos

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March 21, 2014

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POLICY:

I can’t believe Republicans are even considering this idea in 2014.

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Dr. Jaan Sidorov, host of Disease Management Care Blog

The Concentration of Naiveté

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March 11, 2014

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POLICY:

The good news is that the PHB’s naiveté was limited to parking habits, one house’s garage and a spend of $19. Not so for Ezekiel Emanuel’s work in health reform in the White House and a spend of far more money.

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Kenny Lin, MD, The Common Sense Family Doctor

Movings and dislocations in life and medicine

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February 15, 2014

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POLICY:

Our country’s health care system is experiencing a similar sort of dislocation, driven not only by the error-plagued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but trends that have been in motion for decades.

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Patient Engagement in an ACO World

Patient Engagement in an ACO World

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February 11, 2014

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PROVIDERS:

During the session we discuss ACO implementation issues and how early movers are mobilizing and organizing to drive sustained patient engagement while conforming to a complicated set of ACO policies.

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It’s All About the Network

It’s All About the Network

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January 19, 2014

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Innovation/innovative companies:

2014 has kicked off to a challenging pace and doesn’t look to let up any time soon!

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The Doctor Shortage of Tomorrow: Fact or Fiction?

The Doctor Shortage of Tomorrow: Fact or Fiction?

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December 12, 2013

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POLICY, PROVIDERS:

This week in the New York Times, Drs Scott Gottlieb and Ezekiel Emanuel make the case in an Op Ed piece that there will NOT be a physician shortage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Affordable Care Act: Challenges and Opportunities for Care of the Severely Mentally Ill

Affordable Care Act: Challenges and Opportunities for Care of the Severely Mentally Ill

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November 14, 2013

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Health care & health policy, Health care professionals, Mental health, Patient experience:

We know the health care system is broken and strained to its limits, particularly for people with serious mental illness. When the ACA is fully implemented, it is estimated that nearly 4 million previously uninsured people with severe mental disorders will now have coverage. Without changes to our current way of delivering mental health services, providers are likely to be strained to the breaking point. Fortunately, there are provisions in the ACA that will provide training and other resources to improve infrastructure and efficiency of mental health services.

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Lisa Suennen - the Venture Valkyrie

While Healthcare.Gov Scrambles, The Private Exchanges Are Off to the Races

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November 3, 2013

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IT, POLICY:

Quietly and in a relatively drama-free way, the private health insurance exchanges are busily taking over the world of insurance and, in my opinion, portend a radical set of changes in how our health insurance system operates.

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Dov Michaeli MD, PhD is author of The Doctor Weighs In (On Everything)

Can Critical Thinking be Taught?

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October 30, 2013

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Cognition & the brain, Evolution, Michaeli, Psychology & behavior:

When reporters ask “is it good or bad?” to force a simple answer to a complex question, it reinforces our natural tendency to form come to easy conclusions instead of applying critical thinking. It may conserve the brains energy, but the outcomes are not always what we might hope for.

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Family Nurse Practitioners and the Affordable Care Act [Infographic]

Family Nurse Practitioners and the Affordable Care Act [Infographic]

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October 18, 2013

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POLICY, PROVIDERS:

This infographic was designed to raise awareness about the role that Family Nurse Practitioners play in health care reform under the Affordable Care Act.

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Regulation: The Face-to-Face Lesson

Regulation: The Face-to-Face Lesson

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October 14, 2013

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Health care & health policy:

The ACA mandates that a patient’s eligibility for the Medicare Home Health benefit rely upon a documented face-to-face encounter between a patient and physician. Lets question the potential impositions and reflect on how best to utilize limited resources in bringing a desired result.

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