HCR 101: Your Guide to Understanding Healthcare Reform Are You Ready for Healthcare Reform? By now, you ve probably been hearing a lot about the Affordable Care Act (also known as healthcare reform or
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By PHILIP SPARN - [email protected] The constant debate surrounding the issue of President Obamas health-care reform law is again being re-ignited as the Republican presidential primary race narrows and the 2012 elections near. The Supreme Court heard this matter last week and is expected to make its ruling on the laws constitutionality later this summer. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare by conservatives, has continued to spark controversy, disagreement and support since its passage in 2010. Critics claim that this law expands the constitutional power of the federal government, costs too much and will lead to a government-run health-care system. While advocates of the health-care reform law claim this law reduces health-care costs, it provides increased access to health care and implements vital patient and consumer protections.. The controversy of the law is led primarily by the laws mandate, which requires everyone to buy health insurance, according to ...
Regardless of political affiliation, opposition to the 2010 health care reform law has dropped, according to a new survey.. The poll, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that in April 43% of respondents had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, while 42% had an unfavorable view and 14% didnt know.. By contrast, in January 2014, 50% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the law, while just 34% had a favorable view and 16% didnt know.. Support for the law surged among respondents who said they were Democrats. For example, last month 70% of respondents who said they were Democrats said they had a favorable view of the health care reform law, while just 16% had an unfavorable view, and 14% didnt know.. Thats a big pickup in support compared to January 2014 when 58% of Democratic respondents had a favorable view of the law, 26% had an unfavorable view, and 15% didnt know.. While Republicans still overwhelmingly have an unfavorable view of the law, opposition has declined ...
Health care reform is a change to health policies on a national level. Health care reform consists of improving health care and its quality, improving the quality of specialists, and allowing more citizens to receive health care by having little or no cost at all. Americans should care about how health care reform was created, and the adverse effect on the different classes of people. Health care reform was discussed about in the United States by political figures such as President Bill Clinton (1997) when state children health insurance programs were implemented. On March 21st, 2010 President Obama implemented legislation that intended to cover 32 million uninsured people. Health care reform consists of these key parts, setting the agenda, formulating policy, and adopting policy. These procedures were necessary to produce positive outcomes for health care reform. The rules and procedures used to pass health care reform in 2010 were necessary to create these policies ...
Given a chance to do something simple, clear, and fair to limit insurance company death panels and to punish bad faith insurance decisions, many people might stand up for beginning health insurance reform the way they stood up for car insurance reform.
AP ran a story today noting that after Democrats proved Sunday night that they had 60 votes to pass healthcare reform, stocks in health insurance companies rose. This suggests that investors think the Senate healthcare bill is a huge boon for insurers, and Nate Silver quantifies that boon here. Fair enough. Healthcare reform does guarantee […]
Suddenly, dramatically, and seemingly overnight, U.S. healthcare has morphed into something virtually unrecognizable. There are a slew of new requirements, regulations, goals, buzzwords, and acronyms. It is a revolution in how we view the role and responsibilities not only of the physician and patient, but also of the nurse, the nurse practitioner, physical therapist, nutritionist, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, social worker, and other healthcare professionals. But you dont just have to cope in this new world of healthcare. Now you can learn how to thrive amid all these changes and challenges. Written by the Chief Medical Officer of one of the worlds leading global healthcare data and analytics companies, Navigating Healthcare Reform: An Insiders Guide for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is a compelling and easy-to-follow guide to understanding our unfolding healthcare reform - including its biobehavioral and psychosocial aspects - and learning how to take advantage
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More than 175 organizations issued a letter of support today to the President, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to strongly support comprehensive health reform efforts, emphasizing the need to modernize and increase funding for disease prevention, wellness, and public health in the United States. The following is the text of the letter and a list of the organizations that have signed on in support of the letter:. Dear Mr. President/Senator/Representative:. In recent months, we have inched closer to something that has eluded us for decades - comprehensive health reform. From the prevention, public health and health workforce provisions, to the insurance market reforms, to the expansion of coverage, we believe key elements included in both the House and Senate bills would represent a new direction for Americas health care and public health systems. As you determine the next steps this nation will take to advance the nations health, the undersigned organizations urge that as you ...
U.S. bishops urged Congress to fix serious flaws in the Affordable Care Act, after the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the landmark federal health care reform law passed in 2010.. The nations highest court ruled 5-4 the law passes constitutional muster, but noted the so-called individual mandate - a requirement that all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty - could only stand as a tax. Justices also ruled that states could not be penalized if they chose not to participate in the laws major expansion of Medicaid, primarily to low-income adults.. A statement issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) noted the bishops have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has three fundamental flaws, according to the statement. The Act allows use of federal funds to pay ...
Under growing pressure from President Obama to pass health reform legislation before the August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the three House committees involved with jurisdiction over health reform unveiled a draft bill on July 14, 2009. This is the second major health reform proposal to be released, as on June 9th the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced its proposal. The bills take different approaches, but both recognize the critical importance of improving the oral health of Americans and, most importantly, of providing children with oral health coverage.. For more information on dental provisions in the Senate HELP Committee bill, please download theabove PDF.. ...
The U.S. needs not only healthcare system reform, but also health insurance reform. Karl Denninger has fleshed out his U.S. healthcare system reform recommendations in a form ready for legislation. Ive only read it once and admit I dont fully understand it. But I can tell already that it would be a major improvement over…
The latest issue of the journal American Health & Drug Benefits includes a valuable mix of studies and articles of interest to decision makers. Topics include health reform, bundled payment, drug pricing, benefit design, Medicaid, medication therapy, and specific clinical conditions.. The Health Reform Law: Key Changes to Be Implemented in 2010. By Kip Piper, MA, FACHE. Federal Drug Price Controls in Medicaid: Expansion of Mandated Rebates under Health Reform Law. By Kip Piper, MA, FACHE. Prevalence of Treated Bipolar Disorders and Associated Comorbidities in Managed Care and Medicaid Populations. By Jeff J. Guo, PhD; Nick C. Patel, PharmD, PhD; Hong Li, PhD; and Paul E. Keck Jr, MD. With Stakeholder Perspective by Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH. Impact of Etanercept Treatment on Absenteeism and Productivity: The Work Loss and Productivity Survey. By Denise Globe, PhD; Peter Mazonson, MD, MBA; Chris Santas, MBA; Regina Murphy, MBA; Annie Cheng; Xingyue Huang, BPharm, PhD; and Arthur Kavanaugh, MD. With ...
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Did you know that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the issuance of at least 41 new sets of regulations? Government agencies have already issued several regulations and other guidance to implement the health care reform legislation. Notably, new rules have been issued addressing: provider enrollment and documentation related to orders of certain services and supplies, high risk pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and federal subsidies for health plans for early retirees. In addition, the Secretary has already named a Director of CMSs new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which soon will be considering funding proposals submitted by providers and others who keep themselves apprised of the opportunities presented by the health reform legislation.. This sweeping legislation is already generating a flood of information, including critical new requirements for providers and others in the health care industry, some of which may be relevant to you and ...
Payment reform is an integral part of national and state-based health reform efforts. Indeed, payment reform is essential to moving from quantity-based reimbursement to a performance-based health care system. That is, moving from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. Payment innovations, such as global payment, are designed to reward efficiency and higher quality, while supporting providers as they invest in patient-centered models of care.. Massachusetts, a leader in health policy innovation, is exploring global payment concepts in an effort to rein in costs and improve care coordination and quality. The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) has released a new report on global payment in the Medicaid context.. The report, prepared by Mark Heit of Sellers Dorsey and Kip Piper of Health Results Group, assesses global payment options while addressing the concerns of applying the innovative payment mechanism to MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program.. To read the report, click here ...
If one were to ask any grassroots conservative or libertarian activist if congressional Republicans should take another shot at ObamaCare repeal, he or she would say undoubtedly say, Yes! Last years failure to pass a health insurance reform bill made many in the grassroots community angry, and understandably so.. For more than seven years, Republicans campaigned on repeal. In 2015, a Republican-Congress passed a repeal bill, the Restoring Americans Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762.. When Republicans finally won the White House and had majorities in the House and Senate, Republicans failed, spectacularly. The discussion changed from repeal to repeal and replace. The repeal and replace legislation that was considered in the House and the proposals in the Senate looked more like a repackaging and rebranding of ObamaCare than anything else. And, even these efforts couldnt get across the finish line.. Meanwhile, the problems with ObamaCare still remain. Between 2013 and ...
Underpinning effective health services reform. So, what lessons can we draw from these experiences? One factor that may have influenced the outcomes is the time frame over which they were expected to influence policy. In the case of casemix, Australia made a sustained investment over 5 years through the Australian Health Care Agreements before expecting it to have a major impact on policy. This was important, as it allowed the development of trust and confidence in the system by clinicians and policymakers. It was also supported by significant investment in dissemination of the methods used, developments in research, and how casemix was being applied through the Australian Governments sponsorship of a series of casemix conferences over several years.. Similarly, the use of economic evaluation by the PBAC was preceded by widespread consultation with industry, the development of briefing and technical papers, and a substantial lead-in trial period in which the guidelines and processes were ...
The health insurance reform bill Congress passed and President Obama signed has a number of small, psychiatric-targeted provisions, but their significance probably pales beside the first-time insuring of somewhere above 30 million Americans-some of whom will visit psychiatrists for the first time in their lives. 1
The study includes (in varying degrees of detail) Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The focus is on civil service reform although certain aspects of local government reform are considered. Both domestic and external actors are included in the analyses.. The paper suggests that reform efforts in the region have so far produced mixed results. For example: employment levels and government consumption have tended to decrease across the region, although far from uniformly; real public employment wages may have stopped falling and wages may even have risen in a couple of countries; health and education expenditures in real per capita terms have risen in some- but not all- countries. Several implications can be drawn from this:. ...
Despite slight improvement over the past decade, 1 in 25 patients still contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during a hospital stay, accounting for more than 200 deaths each day in the United States. HAIs increase length of stay and rate of mortality among patients. Moreover, rates of hospital-acquired conditions are penalized under current legislation as are readmissions, which are subject to an up to a 1 percent penalty in 2013 and increasing to an up to 3% penalty by 2015.. There is still confusion about the details and implications of healthcare reform legislation on the individual level, says Patrick Treacy, president of PDI Healthcare. Everyone in the healthcare environment plays a role in improving outcomes and, as a result, improving revenues. We want to arm healthcare professionals with the education and tools they need to demonstrate the positive impact they have on achieving better outcomes, improving patient experience and reducing associated costs. The PDI Healthcare ...
In a post a few months ago I lamented that state government officials, who have much to lose in the proposed federal healthcare reforms, have not spoken out much in opposition to the costs the reforms would foist on them. There have been a few cases, and here is another.. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (who is running for governor) says he will sue to stop it, should a healthcare bill pass. A citizens choice not to buy health insurance cannot rationally be construed as economic activity, or even activity, to subject that inactivity to regulation under the Commerce Clause, a review by McCollums office concluded.. Scott Browns election to Ted Kennedys old Senate seat in Massachusetts presents an additional challenge to the passage of Obamacare, but with bills already having passed in both Houses of Congress, some type of healthcare legislation will surely come up for a vote.. Heres where vocal opposition from state officials could make a difference. McCollum says hes talked with ...
(HealthDay) -- Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, only about half of U.S. adults received preventive health services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions, government researchers report.
Al Franken, who as the Democratic challenger for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in a court-contested race, pledged to back health reform measures that drive down cost and boost quality in his first stint in public office.
Poor health status indicators, low quality care, inequity in the access to health services and inefficiency due to fragmented health financing and provision have long been problems in Turkeys health system. To address these problems a radical reform process known as the Health Transformation Programme (HTP) was initiated in 2003. The health sector reforms in Turkey are considered to have been among the most successful of middle-income countries undergoing reform. Numerous articles have been published that review these reforms in terms of, variously, financial sustainability, efficiency, equity and quality. Evidence suggests that Turkey has indeed made significant progress, yet these achievements are uneven among its regions, and their long-term financial sustainability is unresolved due to structural problems in employment. As yet, there is no comprehensive evidence-based analysis of how far the stated reform objectives have been achieved. This article reviews the empirical evidence regarding ...
Background: Recent research investigating the conditions under which science teachers can successfully implement science education reforms suggests that focusing only on professional development to improve content knowledge and teaching skills often referred to as human capital may not be enough. Increasingly, possessing social capital, defined as capacities acquired through direct and indirect relationships in social networks, has become an important teaching characteristic to develop, however, more empirical research needs to be conducted.. Purpose: This article details our efforts to examine the relative influence of teachers social and human capital on instruction in the science classroom. The following research question guided our analysis: What is the impact of teachers social and human capital on their classroom enactments, and what implications does this have for implementing science reform projects? Setting: This research was conducted in a large urban public school district in the ...
New York City, NY - Marcum LLP, a top national accounting and advisory firm, and Marcum Financial Services LLC, an independent financial advisory firm, have formed a joint Healthcare Reform Task Force to assist clients in understanding and complying with the provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The task force joins the expertise and experience of leaders from both Marcum companies, to provide consulting services and educational programs tailored to the specific needs of employers and healthcare organizations, as well as individuals. Although the Play or Pay penalties have been extended until 2015, certain compliance deadlines, including research fees, are already coming due. Clients are on the front end of the learning curve regarding implementation of the Act and how it applies to them, including how the new fees will impact their insurance costs, their obligations based on size classification, the relative merits of traditional coverage versus healthcare ...
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To no ones great surprise, the patent reform debate comes down to one thing: damages. Tech companies claim excessive infringement damages are killing innovation, while large manufacturers and pharmaceutical firms contend large damage awards barely even cover the litigation costs of multiyear infringement.
With the spotlight shining on healthcare over the past few months during the troubled roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans are now painfully aware that health care, and the insurance to pay for it, are extremely expensive. Millions of uninsured Americans are now able to purchase healthcare insurance, but will need a subsidy to make the premiums affordable. Many, however, will find that high deductibles will impede their access to care. Those not qualifying for a subsidy may find that their new policy is more expensive than their old one, and that the provider networks are much more limited. Pre-existing conditions can no longer get in the way of finding healthcare coverage, but this humane provision of the ACA has driven up the cost of insurance. These are some of the challenges confronting consumers in the worlds most expensive healthcare system.. Reducing the cost of care (and insurance) must be the primary focus in the next phase of healthcare reform. The Affordable Care Act ...
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New York State is undertaking several big delivery system reform efforts. These efforts are complex, but could make the health care system work much better for consumers. HCFANY put these principles together to...
This paper lays out the formulation of the Legal Solutions in Health Reform project, explains why health reform is important and discusses the pertinent legal questions applicable to federal health reform.
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Background The primary care sector represents the linchpin of many health systems. However, the translation of evidence-based practices into patient care can be difficult, particularly during healthcare reform. This can have significant implications for patients, their communities, and the public purse. This is aptly demonstrated in the area of sexual health. The aim of this paper is to determine what works to facilitate evidence-based sexual healthcare within the primary care sector. Methods 431 clinicians (214 general practitioners and 217 practice nurses) in New South Wales, Australia, were surveyed about their awareness, their use, the perceived impact, and the factors that hindered the use of six resources to promote sexual healthcare. Descriptive statistics were calculated from the responses to the closed survey items, while responses to open-ended item were thematically analyzed. Results All six resources were reported to improve the delivery of evidence-based sexual healthcare. Two resources -
Beginning January 1, 2014, U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance - with few exceptions. Key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., healthcare reform) are fast approaching October 1.
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This week I attended a vigil for healthcare reform with a public option organized by MoveOn.org. Quietly but with urgency, a series of people financially broken by our current healthcare system reminded those assembled that we mustnt miss our current historic opportunity to increase accessibility to healthcare resources. Accessibility is certainly a key issue: how can we, as the wealthy nation we are, stand by a system that denies coverage to so many of our most vulnerable citizens?. Those that oppose a public option seem most concerned with the projected cost. This is a valid concern, especially as we watch Medicare, our existing model of a public option, slide towards insolvency. To address this concern, we must ask ourselves what basic factors are driving what have become out-of-control increases in the price of healthcare. While I dont claim great expertise in such matters, it doesnt take a genius to see this glaring issue: the care offered by the current system is too expensive and not ...
The debate within the U.S. government about reforming the health care system centers on ways to control rising costs and assure high-quality, affordable care. RAND Health Care provides objective research and analysis on topics that can inform the health care reform debate, including financing; increasing access, insurance coverage, and quality; decreasing costs; and promoting wellness and prevention.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) considers that his proposal for healthcare reform would be gentler on the federal budget than rival plans, and he has urged President-elect Barack Obama to take h
Health & Wellness column: - Lets get one thing straight. No one is talking about healthcare reform. There has been a smattering of talk about medical care reform--something about digitizing medical records and putting these in a database so that doctors anywhere can have access to a patients medical history. Hardly anyone disagrees that these modernizing measures would help cut costs and improve the quality of medical service.
Better understand healthcare reform costs with this article from Medical Mutual on the federally mandated fees that fund Affordable Care Act programs.
Advancements in technology are exciting. The idea that we can manage long-term health conditions from our smart phones, face timeread more about Is commissioning the use of technology really the first step to healthcare reform?
President Barack Obamas healthcare reform plan has suffered its latest setback, after a day-long televised summit on the issue ended without a deal to break the deadlock between parties. What...
As Republicans and Democrats have battled strenuously over healthcare reform in recent years, important bipartisan developments have been underway...
There are several talking points that people use (particularly Democrats) to justify the current healthcare reform bill (HR3200) which I would like to...
Thisll sound incredibly stupid, but can anyone give me some resources to help me explain the healthcare reform to my Repub. folks. I really wish I could make a substantive argument to show them they
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