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Comparing “Repeal and Replace” Proposals

How can you keep score while Congress considers multiple proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? The Kaiser Family Foundation has just created a new tool that enables users to compare and contrast all of the current repeal and replace proposals:  you pick the proposals you want to compare and you select the aspects of those proposals that interest you. Find this new interactive tool here, on the web site of the Kaiser Family Foundation. &nbsp

Group Seeks Preservation, Reform of Federal Innovation Effort

A coalition of 35 patient, physician, and hospital groups has written to new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and asked him to continue the federal government’s exploration of new ways to deliver and pay for Medicare services but to seek certain improvements in how those efforts are undertaken. The coalition Healthcare Leaders for Accountable Innovation in Medicare asked Secretary Price for a reformed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation so that it operates with … appropriately-scaled, time-limited demonstration projects, greater transparency, improved data-sharing, and broader collaboration with the private sector. The coalition also called for CMMI to [&hellip

Medicaid Directors Look at Value-Based Purchasing

One of the tools many states are using to attempt to reduce their Medicaid costs and improve the quality of the care delivered to their Medicaid beneficiaries is value-based purchasing. In a new issue brief, the National Association of Medicaid Directors takes a closer look at Medicaid value-based purchasing:  what it is, how it works, why it is attractive to state Medicaid programs, what alternative payment models the states are employing as part of their value-based purchasing efforts, and what state Medicaid programs need from the federal government to continue such efforts. Because urban safety-net hospitals care for so many [&hellip

Serving High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients

With Medicare beneficiaries who have four or more chronic conditions accounting for 90 percent of Medicare hospital readmissions and 74 percent of Medicare costs (both 2010 figures), policy-makers are constantly looking for better ways to serve such individuals. Academic research suggests that these beneficiaries need a variety of non-medical social interventions and supports, most of which are not covered by Medicare. With this in mind, the Bipartisan Policy Center has prepared a review of current regulatory, payment, and other barriers that prevent providers and insurers from meeting some of the non-medical needs of high-need, high-cost patients that result in such [&hellip

Budget Reconciliation Explained

The Republican Congress may use the federal budget reconciliation process to repeal some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But what is the budget reconciliation process and how does it work? Kaiser Health News has created a brief video, with an accompanying transcript, that explains. Find that video here

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