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Nearly 78 million people live in the 7,500-plus areas designated as primary care health professional shortage areas by the Department of Health and Human Services (as of November 2019). Approximately 65 percent of these shortage areas are...
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a leading health care advocacy organization, is now the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC). The logo suggests an individual at the center of cascading circles, reflecting PCC’s ongoing...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 4, 2019         Washington, D.C. – The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a leading health care advocacy organization, has changed its name to the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC). The...
Addressing our country’s mental health crisis will require a multipronged approach over many years. Steps are being made at every level of government: States are beginning to strengthen and enforce insurance protections for mental health...
In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major overhaul of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by finalizing Pathways to Success. This was one of the largest changes to the Medicare ACO...
Medicaid covers one in five Americans, accounts for one in six dollars spent on health care in the United States, and makes up more than half of all spending on long-term services and supports.1 Medicaid is a state budget driver as well as...
The recent Health Affairs article by Irene Papanicolas and colleagues entitled “The Relationship Between Health Spending And Social Spending In High-Income Countries: How Does The US Compare?” provides new and important data on the...
SALINA, Kan. — The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina opened in 2011 — a one-building campus in the heart of wheat country dedicated to producing the rural doctors the country needs. Now, eight years later, the school’s first...
The numbers get our attention: More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, with the 80-and-older segment growing the fastest and more likely to be homebound or home-limited; the number of people ages 65 and older will more than double...
REVERE — Dr. Amy Wheeler set a small tablet computer on the table as she turned to face her patient. Then she did something that’s become increasingly rare for doctors in the digital age: She talked to him without typing or clicking...
On September 30, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin outlining a new opportunity for 10 states to participate in a wellness demonstration project in the individual market. HHS will begin accepting...
WASHINGTON – The Medicare Shared Savings Program, the accountable care organization (ACO) model serving nearly 11 million seniors and the dominant value-based care program in Medicare, continued its trend of lowering the rate of Medicare...
Speaking to the largest hospital association recently, CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressed the frustration being felt by millions of patients on a routine basis: “Americans are fed up, not only are they paying more, but they aren’t...
The move away from fee-for-service, while slow, has kick-started many hospitals’ efforts to work on population health and alternative payment models. But even as support for these types of projects grows among hospital management, another...
Much of the focus in health policy circles and the media has been on the price transparency provisions of the recently released executive order on improving price and quality transparency. However, the executive order also calls for the...
In mid-July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. This was the first opportunity for ACOs to apply to...
Developing a health care workforce prepared for the complex needs of older adults—who have the highest use of health care services and increasingly live with chronic conditions and disabilities—requires engaging community-based providers...
When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton, the infamous US bank robber, responded “because that’s where the money is.” This quote is the inspiration for “Sutton’s Law,” which recommends prioritizing those diagnostic tests that are most...
Ever-rising health care costs and significant variations in quality have made health care reform a central theme in national politics over the past decade. As we gear up for the 2020 elections, health care reform continues to take a front...
When Joann Alfonzo, a pediatrician in Freehold, N.J., walked into her office recently she mentally rolled her eyes when she saw her next patient: a 26-year-old car salesman in a suit and tie. “That’s no longer a kid. That’s a man,” she...

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