Reform Rodeo

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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800px-california_rodeo_salinas_lasso_bull_p105054411. Kaiser Health News reports on Republican efforts to allow states to tighten Medicaid eligibility rules.

2. Health Affairs writes about the important role that advanced practice registered nurses will play in the imminent ACO landscape.

3. iHealthBeat has a story on how researchers are preparing IBM’s Watson computer for medical applications.

4. Maggie Mahar discusses how, and why, the growth of Medicare is (somewhat surprisingly) below that of  inflation.

5. The New England Journal of Medicine has a piece on the policy reasons why we must revisit the E&M coding system that forms the foundation of medical billing.

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Reform Rodeo

May 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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800px-california_rodeo_salinas_lasso_bull_p105054411. Becker’s Hospital Review describes how the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System, and Intermountain Health, are hesitant to join ACOs, at least as ACOs are implemented under the new regulations.

2. The Health Care Blog has a story on how Google Health appears to be in a deep freeze in terms of development.

3. The New England Journal of Medicine has a piece on the ACA’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15 member board whose recommendations to Congress for restraining Medicare spending become effective absent legislative action.

4. iHealthBeat reports on how the federal government’s Health IT Policy Committee is weighing adjustments to the second stage of the meaningful use program that incentivizes providers to adopt HIT.

5. Health Data Management discusses a new study showing that medical devices may act as vectors for malicious attacks on the devices and networks to which they attach.

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Reform Rodeo

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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800px-california_rodeo_salinas_lasso_bull_p105054411. The NYT reports on how Florida is retooling their Medicaid system by, among other things, channeling some Medicaid patients into for-profit HMOs.

2. ihealthbeat.org reports on the role of patient-driven PatientsLikeMe.com in creating the first clinical trial from social network data.

3. Health Data Management reports on J&J’s acquisition of device maker Synthes for $21.3 billion.

4. Health Affairs has a piece on how comparative effectiveness research can change the practice of medicine.

5. Becker’s Hospital Review has a piece on the¬†6 technology building blocks of ACOs.

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Reform Rodeo

March 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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800px-california_rodeo_salinas_lasso_bull_p105054411. Medicaid Moves: Kaiser Health News reports on Medicaid policy developments, including controversial GOP efforts to reform Medicaid.

2. HIT: The New England Journal of Medicine outlines the unrealized potential of HIT.

3. ACOs: The Wall Street Journal discusses Atrius Health, a large ACO-like entity that offers insight into the ways in which such organizations have been successful.

4. Doc Fix Fix?: The Commonwealth Fund reports on MedPAC’s alleged plan to revise the Sustainable Growth Rate, and with it, the perennial ‘Doc Fix’ problem.

5. Waste: A Health Care Blog piece outlines the myriad ways that the U.S. health care system is ‘wastefully complex‘.

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Reform Rodeo

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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800px-california_rodeo_salinas_lasso_bull_p10505441. Insurers are Expanding Their Reach: Kaiser Health News reports that health insurance companies — in fear of losing revenue from health care reform — are looking to expand to other unregulated areas of business.

2. Single-Payer at the State Level: The New England Journal of Medicine has a piece detailing Vermont’s attempt to enact single-payer, state-based health care.

3. Innovation: The Health Affairs Blog has a piece detailing innovations to the health care system that are incorporated in the ACA.

4. Hospital Help: Becker’s Hospital Review discusses the 10 struggling New Jersey hospitals that are receiving upwards of $30 million dollars from the New Jersey Health Care ¬†Stabilization Fund.

5. Happy Birthday ACA!: Ezra Klein discusses the first birthday of modern health care reform, and the basics of the reform provisions that the statute includes.

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