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Striking differences by race and ethnicity in community health and public safety outcomes, with worrying implications for America’s youth, have been documented at the county and zip code levels. To address poor outcomes and disparities,...
Research affirms what we intuitively know: The ability of individuals and families to lead healthy and productive lives is influenced by a multitude of factors. Beyond the more commonly recognized factors such as insurance coverage and...
Telehealth turned Jill Hill's life around. The 63-year-old lives on the edge of rural Grass Valley, an old mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. She was devastated after her husband Dennis passed away in the...
Despite hospital systems and health officials calling out the need for more primary care doctors, graduates of U.S. medical schools are becoming less likely to choose to specialize in one of those fields. A record-high number of primary...
The Medicare Advantage (MA) program, which allows Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily enroll in a private plan that administers health benefits, was established by the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 as a vehicle to bring private-...
“We know that behavioral health integration is a necessary component of primary care, desired by both patients and providers. We now need to focus on what is holding us back from implementing at scale,” stated Louise Cohen, CEO of the...
Direct provider contracting (DPC) is coming to Medicare.  Under a new announcement about reforming health care payment and delivery, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced forthcoming DPC models as part of the...
Income inequality in the U.S. has grown over the past several decades. And as the gap between rich and poor yawns, so does the gap in their health, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open Friday. The study drew from annual...
June 25, 2019 The Honorable John Thune 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Tom Carper 513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Earl Blumenauer 1111 Longworth House Office...
June 25, 2019 The Honorable Suzan DelBene 2330 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative DelBene, We the undersigned organizations are writing to offer our strong endorsement of your legislation to ensure that...
A new guidance from Manatt Health and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) offers an outline for state Medicaid agencies and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) to create social and emotional health programming for...
June 20, 2019 The Honorable Judy Chu 2423 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Eliot Engel 2426 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Buddy Carter 2432 Rayburn House Office Bldg....
Partnership to Improve Patient Health: Value Our Health Briefing June 20, 2019 Panelists for the briefing included Ari Ne’eman, Disability Advocate at the Partnership to Improve Patient Care, Sara Van Geertruyden, Executive Director of...
Loneliness—the subjective feeling of being isolated, being left out, and lacking companionship—and social isolation—an objective measure of social networks and social connection—are growing public health epidemics among older Americans....
Nearly three years ago, we began training as primary care doctors in two residency programs at a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. We understood the value of longitudinal patient-doctor relationships and wagered that primary care would...
MedPAC, or the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. The Commission's 17 members...
On June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the current federal ban on the funding of a national patient identification strategy. That action was applauded by senior advocacy leaders at the Ann Arbor,...
Bob Hall was recovering from yet another surgery in March 2014 when a volunteer walked into his hospital room. It had been a rocky recovery since his lung transplant three months earlier at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans...
Gov. Jay Inslee stopped by Washington State University Elson S. Floyd Medical School on Friday to celebrate the state’s continued investment and expansion of the program. Inslee said the medical school is a statewide asset, answering...
Amanda Bacon’s eating disorder was growing worse. She had lost 60% of her body weight and was consuming about 100 calories a day.   But that wasn’t sick enough for her Medicaid managed-care company to cover an inpatient treatment program...

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