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Will Medicaid gains offset DSH cuts?

The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program was developed to provide financial assistance for hospitals that care for large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. During the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), policymakers [...]

September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Perils of Welfare to Work

Millions of Americans have enrolled in health insurance plans through Healthcare.gov and thousands more now qualify for state-sponsored Medicaid services in states that decided to expand the Medicaid option. In states that declined the Medicaid [...]

August 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

ACA Progress Report: What has changed so far?

The first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act closed on March 31, with 8 million Americans enrolled by the deadline. The marketplace re-opens in November, though individuals can register at any time if they lose insurance because of a [...]

August 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Medicaid DSH cuts won’t impact quality

This study provided weak evidence to suggest an association between net Medicaid DSH payments and hospital quality of care. Its results suggest an inelastic response to declining Medicaid DSH payments. Of the 9-quality measures that were created, [...]

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The cost-sharing sweet spot

Value-based insurance designs (VBID) provide cost incentives to encourage individuals to utilize certain highly effective medications in order to cut costs while improving quality and health outcomes. While this has mostly been done in the private [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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