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Medicare, Medicaid, Health Reform

In a new episode of the MediStrategy podcast, Kevin Lewis, CEO of Community Health Options, shares insights on health insurance exchanges and the health plan business under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In an informative interview with Kip Piper, Mr. Lewis describes what it is like to launch and operate...
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing the health care landscape for everyone, including safety net hospitals. Just how this change will affect these key providers and what they must do to stay open are subjects of much debate.  In a multitude of ways, the ACA, new marketplace dynamics,...
In the King v. Burwell case on federal premium subsidies in the federally-run health insurance exchanges, Congress, the White House, and States have a simple option should the Supreme Court rule in favor of King. This option is a simple legislative fix likely to be scored at no cost...
As policymakers in Washington argue over the best way to reform America's health care system, a compelling new book by Eric Topol, MD, suggests that the advance of technology is going to change how health care services are delivered in more profound and unpredictable ways than most people can...
A vast amount of valuable scientific data coming out of clinical trials around the world is being lost. This information is often not published and not made available to other researchers. Sharing this data could significantly advance medical research, quicken the pace of scientific discovery, speed innovation of new...
The practice of behavioral healthcare is being transformed by technological innovations in mobile health and a growing understanding of the role patient behavior, behavioral health conditions, and dual physical/behavioral health diagnoses play in health outcomes and costs.  This transformation has in turn given rise to a profusion of fascinating and...
While mountains of raw health care data continue to grow, the challenge of turning that data into usable, actionable information is largely being unmet. There are certainly tremendous new opportunities to use information to improve health care decisions at the purchaser, plan, provider, and patient levels and thereby improve...
Delivery of physical medical care and behavioral health services is too often uncoordinated, operating in silos with little or no communication between physicians and other providers providing a patient with primary, specialty, acute, and pharmacy services and behavioral health professionals proving that same patient with mental health care or...
Hospital readmissions are costly but largely preventable. Reducing inpatient readmissions are a top priority for Medicare, state Medicaid programs, and private health plans.  The opportunities to lower costs and improve patient outcomes are considerable.  Therefore, healthcare purchasers are realigning hospital payment methods to reward hospitals for fewer readmissions and...
The basis for medical treatment of heart disease is the belief that interventions like coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery are effective, and that their benefits outweigh the risks. Does this conviction stem from a solid scientific foundation, or might it be an illusion? Is it conceivable that both physicians and...

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