Blog Entries: November 2011

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The Innovation Center at One Year: Much Progress, More to Be Done

November 29, 2011 - The Commonwealth Fund's Mark Zezza, Melinda Abrams, and Stuart Guterman review the Innovation Center's first year and highlight areas for future development and consideration.

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Is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Working?

November 22, 2011 - A recent government report on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program found overall enrollment is lower than projected, and that total enrollment in the 24 federally administered programs is much lower than in the 27 programs administered by states. Jean Hall looks at the true drivers of enrollment.

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Making Sense of Multiple Delivery System Reform Efforts

November 17, 2011 - The list of efforts under way to improve health care delivery way is impressive. The Commonwealth Fund's Anthony Shih says these efforts are synergistic strategies moving us toward a more organized delivery system.

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Better Health, Better Care, and Lower Costs for All Americans: The Affordable Care Act

November 14, 2011 - HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius on some of the ways that Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act and how the law is helping to control health care costs.

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The Once and Future Challenges of Implementing Health Reform

November 14, 2011 - In a new post, John Colmers describes the Affordable Care Act implementation work ahead as both daunting and thrilling.

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New Census Poverty Measure Shows Medical Expenses Push 10 Million More Americans into Poverty

November 10, 2011 - Sara Collins and colleagues on a new U.S. Census Bureau report that finds that the growing burden of health care costs is impoverishing millions of U.S. families.

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A Common Challenge: Seamless and Patient-Centered Care for Adults with Complex Care Needs

November 09, 2011 - The authors of the 2011 Commonwealth Fund International Survey find that the 11 surveyed nations face similar challenges, such as poorly organized care, and that all of these countries have opportunites to learn from each other.

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Medicare Physician Payment: It's Time for Real Reform

November 03, 2011 - Medicare physician fees are scheduled to be reduced by 27.4 percent on January 1, unless Congress acts to override that reduction or eliminate the sustainable growth rate (SGR) mechanism that is used to determine the annual update. In a new post, Stuart Guterman says that Congress repeal and replace the SGR.

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