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The Racial Divide Affecting Medicaid Expansion

New research published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law revealed that public support for Medicaid expansion is related to state adoption, but this public support is racialized. Using complex statistical wrangling, the authors [...]

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Incentives for ACOs Outweigh Meaningful Use

Of the initiatives the federal government has launched in an effort to advance quality, encourage efficiency, and reduce the cost of health care, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model continues to succeed. The Centers for Medicare and [...]

March 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reducing Never Events is no Easy Task

The Hospital-Acquired Condition—Present on Admission (HAC-POA) program of 2008 was one of the first federal initiatives to reduce hospital payments on the basis of adverse events. It prevents hospitals from being reimbursed by Medicare for the [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Poor Lives Matter

A recent paper describes the impact of poverty on various health outcomes and social conditions using an elegant, easy-to understand method. The authors used the 2015 County Health Rankings National Data to determine the five-year averages for [...]

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Problem with ACOs & Vulnerable Patients

Growing evidence suggests that accountable care organizations (ACOs), which are networks of health care providers (including both physicians and hospitals) with shared financial and medical responsibility for coordinated patient care, are improving [...]

September 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

Medical Homes Improve Outcomes for Underserved

Healthcare finance and delivery policies are shifting from volume to value, placing the burden on physicians, hospitals,  and administrators to identify and implement models that improve quality while also reducing cost. New evidence supports [...]

July 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

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