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Large Shares of Adults Are Uninsured or Underinsured in the Nation's Largest States

April 26, 2013 - A look at key measures of insurance coverage and affordability of care in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

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New Guidance: Federal Regulators Allow "Collaborative Arrangements" for ACA Enforcement

April 05, 2013 - This blog post describes the new guidance on how the Affordable Care Act's private insurance market reforms—including guaranteed access to health care coverage and the ban on preexisting condition exclusions—will be enforced.

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Adapting the Medicare Shared Savings Program to Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

March 27, 2013 - Many state Medicaid agencies are using the Medicare Shared Savings Program established under the Affordable Care Act a model for their shared saving arrangements.

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First-Ever National Scorecard on Progress with Payment Reform

March 26, 2013 - Today a new National Scorecard on Payment Reform, released by Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) with support from The Commonwealth Fund and the California HealthCare Foundation, offers the first-of-its-kind measurement of our nation’s progress on payment reform.

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The Road Not Taken: The Cost of 30 Years of Unsustainable Health Spending Growth in the United States

March 21, 2013 - If we had spent only as much per person on health care as Switzerland did over the past 30 years, we would have saved about $15.5 trillion. David Squires asks what that money would buy if we had it today.

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The Effect of Medicare Readmissions Penalties on Hospitals' Efforts to Reduce Readmissions: Perspectives from the Field

February 26, 2013 - Medicare recently began financially penalizing hospitals that have higher-than-expected rates of 30-day readmissions for select conditions. To understand the impact, researchers talked with teams participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's initiative.

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Changing the Way Medicare Pays Physicians—Strike While the Iron Is Hot

February 25, 2013 - Stuart Guterman, executive director of its Commission on a High Performance Health System, explains why now is the perfect time to reform Medicare physicians payment.

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The Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Progress Report

February 21, 2013 - All states have committed to what kind of health insurance marketplace, also referred to as an exchange, they want in their states starting in January 2014.

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Tracking State Activity on Accountable Care Organizations

January 29, 2013 - With the support of The Commonwealth Fund, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is tracking state activity to promote accountable care on its interactive State Accountable Care Activity map.

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Building State Health Insurance Marketplaces: Lessons from the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

January 25, 2013 - As they move forward the state insurance marketplaces, policymakers and administrators can learn from the example of another state-based insurance program, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

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How States Can Simplify Transitions to Medicare Under the Affordable Care Act

January 14, 2013 - People who become eligible for Medicare in states without a comprehensive transition plan could face gaps in coverage and avoidable out-of-pocket costs. This post looks at how states can help ensure people make smooth transitions to Medicare.

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New Video: How the Affordable Care Act Expands Health Insurance Coverage

January 10, 2013 - In a new video, Sara Collins, vice president for Affordable Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund, explains how the Affordable Care Act will ensure near-universal health coverage for Americans through a series of coverage expansions and reforms.

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A Strong Foundation for Improving U.S. Health Care

January 03, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund's new president, David Blumenthal, M.D., reviews the foundation's achievements and 95-year commitment to health care improvement.

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Health Insurance Market Regulations Under the Affordable Care Act: Protections for Consumers and Small Businesses

December 12, 2012 - Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed regulations that flesh out the details of the health insurance market reforms provided under the Affordable Care Act. In this post, Sara Collins explains how these reforms will provide sweeping new protections to small businesses and people who must buy their own insurance.

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New Video: Improving the Quality and Efficiency of U.S. Health Care

December 07, 2012 - Our third video in a series about important changes in the U.S. health care system looks at how changing the way we pay for and deliver health care will improve the quality and efficiency of the health system.

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