Date Post Title Post Summary Topics
Jun 28, 2011 Consumers Add Their 2 Cents to Health Laws Plan Labels Starting next March, all insurers and employers will have to make it easier for consumers faced with the ordeal of picking a health plan. Under the 2010 health law, they’ll have to provide health policy information that the average enrollee can understand and use to compare with other plans. Health Reform | Insurance
Jun 27, 2011 Learning From a Policy Mishap in the English NHS Do you want more evidence that health care reform can be a hugely difficult process? If so, then take a look at the political and policy tumult over the British government’s health care reforms to the English National Health Service. Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
Jun 23, 2011 KaBOOM!: 2,000 Playgrounds and Counting Like many nonprofits, KaBOOM! exists to solve a problem—the play deficit. Our children are playing less than any previous generation, and this lack of play is causing them profound physical, intellectual, social, and emotional harm. Public Health | Women & Children
Jun 21, 2011 No Thirty Year Reunion Thirty years ago this month, the CDC released a report documenting the first cases of what we now know as the acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unfortunately, the news was not heard or understood by the millions AIDS would touch. In this the 30th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, much has changed. Public Health
Jun 16, 2011 Value-Based Health Care: The Issues Addressing three dilemmas: Who defines value and how? How can value be measured? Can a value-based system also respect choice? Health Policy | Health Reform
Jun 14, 2011 HIT Hit: (PPACA’s Health Insurance Tax) The 2010 health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), hits small business with a barrage of inequities. Among the most egregious is the health insurance tax (HIT) launched by the law’s Section 9010. Health Reform | Insurance
Jun 8, 2011 Community First Choice: Allowing Older Adults to Age with Dignity and Independence For most seniors, the “right place” is what they consider to be their homes and communities. Before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the limited set of federal and state options for community-based care hampered the extent to which this vision could be realized. Aging | Health Reform
Jun 7, 2011 Transitional Care Model: A Better Approach for High Risk or Chronically Ill What if a high-risk, chronically ill elderly patient that was admitted to the hospital had an advanced practice nurse (APN) caring for him (or her) from the get-go? And that nurse enhanced health care team communication and prevented functional decline? Aging | Chronic Disease | Medicare
Jun 1, 2011 Prevention Works: How Health Statistics Contribute to Sound Policy Decisions The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to prevent illness and promote the health of all Americans. The Prevention and Public Health Fund (the Fund) will provide $15 billion over the first 10 years and $2 billion each year after to national, state, and community efforts to promote health and wellness. These efforts will help prevent disease, manage conditions before they become epidemics, and decrease burgeoning health care costs. Health Reform | Obesity | Public Health