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MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting  Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians (Ariel Winter, MPP)  MedPAC, or the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced...
Digital technologies are profoundly altering the way industries deliver services to consumers. Ride-sharing companies have upended traditional taxis, online shopping has displaced many brick-and-mortar stores, and smartphones enable people...
There’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives. Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize...
Women in the United States face a far greater risk of dying from childbirth complications than in many other wealthy countries. Now the federal government has taken a step toward addressing the problem with the Preventing Maternal Deaths...
Consumerism has been defined in a variety of ways, both positive and negative, and its origins, at least in the United States, trace back nearly a century. The concept of consumerism in health care is more recent, with references to...
In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with...
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. The order creates a Cabinet-level task force...
Today, more than ever, people are actively engaged in their health care decisions. While technology makes more information available to everyone, more is not always better, and misinformation can be particularly problematic in health care...
LAW & REGULATION Stark law changes to open up value-based model participation, Verma says. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency's update to the Stark law will include clarifying noncompliance for doctors.
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest maker of health care products, wants to prevent people from getting sick — or at least stop diseases before they cause harm. Its “World Without Disease” initiative and related projects aim to...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), its primary accountable care organization (ACO) program and most significant approach to constraining ballooning...
Under a change taking effect Friday, D.C. residents who call 911 no longer will be guaranteed an ambulance ride to hospitals if responding medics and a nurse determine their ailments are minor, D.C. Fire and EMS Department officials said...
“We applaud this effort to expand the care team’s ability to coordinate appropriately and deliver high-value, accessible care – as well as steps to enhance trust between patient and clinicians. If behavioral health and substance use...
March 1, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Committee on Health, Education,...
CVS Health Corp. has tapped a new chief information officer tasked with integrating its information technology and data with IT systems used by Aetna Inc., which the drugstore chain acquired last year in a $70 billion deal. Roshan...
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association wants to resurrect congressional efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's exchanges by boosting tax subsidies and cost-sharing payments. The association, which represents more than 30 Blues...
The United States health care system is at a critical crossroad in its transformation. The foundational importance of primary care in our future health care system cannot be overstated. The undertaking of the collaborative process of...
In 2014, insurers paid an average of 13–14 percent less for in-network mental health services in their commercial and Medicare Advantage plans than fee-for-service Medicare paid for identical services—despite paying up to 12 percent more...
Dr. Huong Le spends an average of 45 minutes with each of her dental patients during their visits, so she gets to know them well, especially the older ones who come in more than twice a year. She hears about their families, stories from...
Digital health technologies hold great promise to solve some of the biggest problems in our healthcare system, including achieving higher quality, lower cost, and greater access to care. In the January 2019 issue of Health Affairs, we...

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