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ACA Contraception Mandate is a Success

One of the most impactful aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public health is the mandate that insurers cover all contraceptive methods. The mandate predictably caused push-back from faith-based corporations, but there has been little [...]

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Expanding ACO’s Beyond Medicare

In 2012, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) implemented a novel program in their efforts toward achieving the Triple Aim: Thirty-two organizations with experience in care coordination enrolled in the Medicare Pioneer accountable [...]

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

In Hospital Systems: Is Bigger Really Better?

Hospital system formation has been widely touted as a panacea for decreasing health care operating costs. Despite minimal evidence for improved costs, the number of hospital systems grew from 325 to 427 in the last decade. Nearly 60% of all [...]

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Doctor will see you Now (For $160)

Although the Affordable Care Act sought to expand health insurance to near universal levels, this has not occurred. In the Supreme Court case National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius, the court ruled Medicaid expansion to be optional. [...]

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The First Five Years of the ACA in Review

This article is the second of a two part series. See article one here. Cost of Care: The ACA encouraged the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to integrate and coordinate patients’ health care experiences. Under the Medicare Shared [...]

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

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