Health Care Policy

Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed healthcare journal established in 1981 by John K. Iglehart; since 2014, the editor-in-chief is Alan Weil. It was described by The Washington Post as "the bible of health policy".
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  • Democrats wrong to call for more government meddling in health care
    Orange County Register

    Democrats wrong to call for more government meddling in health care

    At the recent Democratic presidential primary debate, all 20 candidates agreed on something surprising — that Obamacare was a massive failure. They didn't admit that outright. But all of them proposed big changes to our nation's healthcare system. A handful called for abolishing private health insurance. Others advocated letting people buy into Medicare. But everyone was on board with injecting more government into the healthcare system. “More government” has been the refrain in healthcare reform for much of the past five decades. It's resulted in an increasingly unaffordable — and unpopular — healthcare system. Perhaps it's time for a new approach, one that will reduce costs and improve the

  • Connecticut Codifies Nursing Home Daily Posting Requirements, Adds Requirement for Reinstatement after Retaliation
    The National Law Review

    Connecticut Codifies Nursing Home Daily Posting Requirements, Adds Requirement for Reinstatement after Retaliation

    On July 1, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act No. 19-89 “An Act Concerning Nursing Home Staffing Levels” (PA 19-89). PA 19-89 sets forth new state-level daily nurse staffing level disclosure requirements for nursing home facilities (including nursing homes and rest homes with nursing supervision as set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-521), authorizes the Department of Public Health (DPH) to take disciplinary action against or issue citations to nursing home facilities for non-compliance with nurse staffing requirements, and newly requires nursing home facilities and residential care homes to take remedial actions in the event employees or residents suffer retaliation

  • PR Newswire

    WEDI Releases Issue Brief on Common Acknowledgement Misunderstandings

    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- WEDI, the nation's leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a statutory advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the development of an industry issue brief to provide guidance and information on some basic misunderstandings related to acknowledgements within HIPAA transaction exchange using the ASC X12 Version 005010 (5010). In a recent industry Acknowledgement survey WEDI issued, the need for such an educational resource was identified.

  • Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Letter: Cutting physicians' fees won't cut health costs

    Don Fernandez correctly pointed out that the Affordable Care Act has not achieved what it was supposed to do — namely, to lower overall health care costs (“Obamacare is quickly becoming unsustainable,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, July 18). Read more Column: Ventures in our backyard enable exploring the next frontier with aloha

  • BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Shulkin, CIO of Sanford Health and former VA secretary
    POLITICO

    BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Shulkin, CIO of Sanford Health and former VA secretary

    How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “I celebrated my birthday with my wife and two children over the weekend, but today on my actual birthday, I am in Agar, S.D. (population 76 according to the 2010 census), with a dynamic corporate leadership group from a health system figuring out the future of rural health care. My birthday is just another day to me (although my wife feels very different about hers).” How did you get your start in your career? “I wanted to be a fireman, but my mother wanted me to be a doctor. She won.” Story Continued Below What's an interesting book/article that you're reading now or you've recently finished? And why? “I haven't been reading so much

  • Australian aged care home closes abruptly, traumatising residents
    www.wsws.org

    Australian aged care home closes abruptly, traumatising residents

    By Jenny Campbell 22 July 2019 At 2 p.m. on July 11, the acute care wing of the Earle Haven nursing home at Nerang, in the Queensland city of Gold Coast, suddenly shut down, leaving 71 distressed elderly residents without a home. During the next 11 hours, the traumatised residents were relocated to other aged care homes and hospitals by hastily assembled ambulances and Queensland Health staff. Three residents were taken to hospital, with one reportedly in a critical condition requiring intensive care. Nurses and other Earle Haven staff members said they watched in horror and shame as patients were left in limbo, with their medications, patient records and equipment quickly removed from the premises.

  • The Charlotte Observer

    NC Medicaid expansion would add to dependence

    NC Medicaid expansion would add to dependence The Democrats' plan for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina is not just bad policy, it is also dangerous because it reflects the left's use of dishonest rhetoric and misleading math to vastly increase the power of government. Democrats claim that Medicaid expansion is necessary to provide health coverage to an estimated half million residents who can't get insurance. That is false. As Sen. Phil Berger noted on these pages about 60 percent of those individuals already qualify for employer based insurance or government subsidized health care through Obamacare. The remaining 40%, Berger observed, are not low-income children, pregnant women or severely

  • Families paying TWICE as much in care home fees than they were a decade ago
    Daily Mirror

    Families paying TWICE as much in care home fees than they were a decade ago

    Families are spending twice as much on care home fees for relatives than they were just over a decade ago, a study reveals. Tory austerity cuts mean cash-strapped councils have less money to spend, so many people on average incomes have are now under pressure to spend money on care that used to be provided by the state. “Self-funding” for care home places hit £7.74billion last year, a 95% rise on £3.97billion in 2007, research by market analysts LaingBuisson shows, State funding rose by just 14%, to £9.1billion from £8.1 billion in the same period.   Meanwhile, more than 330,000 pensioners have been forced to sell their homes to fund their care since a royal commission called for such charges

  • The Charlotte Observer

    Maine Medical Association names new CEO

    Maine Medical Association names new CEO The Maine Medical Association has named an attorney as its new leader. Interim CEO Andrew Maclean is set to take the helm as CEO starting Aug. 1. The previous CEO Gordon Smith now directs statewide opioid response efforts for Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Past president Charles Pattavina says Maclean's background of nearly 30 years in health care, law and politics will benefit physicians in the state. MacLean served as legal counsel and health policy aide to former Republican Gov. John McKernan MacLean is a Bridgton native and graduated from Duke University and the University of Maine School of Law.

  • The Pueblo Chieftain

    Crippling cost of health insurance fuels middle-class anger - News

    Asteep run-up in deductibles, which have more than tripled in the last decade, has worsened inequality, fueling anger and resentment and adding to the country's unsettled politics, an analysis shows. WASHINGTON — Denise Wall, a Fresno-area schoolteacher with more than $2,000 in medical bills, was outraged to hear she could get free care if she quit her job and enrolled her family in Medicaid. Brenda Bartlett, a factory worker in Nebraska, was so angry about $2,500 in medical bills she ran up using the coverage she got at work that she dropped insurance altogether. Sue Andersen, burdened with nearly $10,000 in debt through her family's high-deductible plan, had to change jobs to find better coverage after learning she and her husband earned too much for government help in Minnesota.

  • The Buffalo News

    Editorial: Nursing home inequities

    Whether it's the invisible hand of the market or someone is putting his thumb on the scale, the result is the same: There are inequities in nursing home admissions that need to be fixed. A Buffalo News analysis of state Department of Health data from 2017 found that residents entering nursing homes in New York State whose bills are paid from the start by Medicaid were twice as likely to be admitted to one-star homes than five-star homes – and even worse in Western New York, where they were four times as likely to be admitted to the lowest-ranking facilities. Nursing homes are prohibited by state and federal regulations from discriminating against individuals because of how their bills get paid. The state Health Department clearly needs to play a bigger role in ensuring that is the case.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Kamala Harris wants to cut drug prices and tax 'price-gouging' companies

    Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris rolled out a policy blueprint to slash prices for prescription drugs when they cost less in other developed countries or when their price climbs faster than inflation. The California senator's proposal would give the Department of Health and Human Services authority to set a “fair price” for drugs on the basis of average costs in countries under the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, such as Canada and France. Rising drug prices are among the most politically thorny pocketbook issues facing Americans. President Trump has promised to tackle the issue but has done little so far, and his proposal to require drug companies to disclose their list prices in advertisements suffered a court setback.

  • Union County Library to host health care presentation
    The Daily Item

    Union County Library to host health care presentation

    LEWISBURG — Access to local, affordable, easily accessible health care is the focus of a free presentation Tuesday, at the Union County Library, on Reitz Blvd., in Lewisburg.  This event is organized by the PA Health Access Network, supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC).

  • How Mayor Pete Can Win The Presidency With 1 Precise Letter
    Forbes

    How Mayor Pete Can Win The Presidency With 1 Precise Letter

    Like many Americans, I'd support any of the more than 20 Democratic presidential candidates over the current occupant of the White House. They are all qualified, articulate, thoughtful, patriotic grownups. Not one of them spent the Fourth of July thanking the Continental Army for securing LaGuardia. Nor does any need a teleprompter to speak full sentences. What they do need is precise answers about our nation's top domestic problems. Take health insurance. Senators Sanders, Warren and Harris, Rep. Castro and Mayor De Blasio want to extend traditional Medicare (parts A, B, and D) to all Americans. But the other candidates? It's not clear. Wishy washy is not a winning campaign strategy. Mayor Pete

  • 3 Hidden Costs That Could Sabotage Your Retirement
    Motley Fool

    3 Hidden Costs That Could Sabotage Your Retirement

    You could be in for some major sticker shock if you're not prepared for these expenses.