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May 21, 2013 - To provide more effective and efficient care for beneficiaries with complex health needs, Medicaid programs in some states have turned to local community health teams to augment the capacity of physician practices. A new report examines multidisciplinary community health team programs in eight states.
May 16, 2013 - An editorial by The Commonwealth Fund's David Blumenthal and Melinda Abrams explores one approach to addressing the primary care workforce shortage: using nurse practitioners to provide a wide range of primary care services.
May 6, 2013 - Combining Medicare's hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with commonly purchased private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce national savings of $180 billion over a decade while improving care for beneficiaries, a new Health Affairs study finds.
In this issue: a report on Medicare's Data Sharing for Performance Measurement program and the potential of all-payer claims databases to shed light on health care's quality and costs.
March 14, 2013 - This webinar provided highlights from the Premier Research Institute's study of 59 hospitals involved in a national accountable care collaborative, as well as feedback from two participating 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.