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What's New

October 21, 2014
New Kaiser Family Foundation infographic compares characteristics of Ebola to other infectious diseases.

October 22, 2014
A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit addresses concerns about whether newly-trained physicians are adequately prepared for today's evolving health care delivery system.

October 17, 2014
CQ Roll Call has compiled a comprehensive guide to the developing Ebola situation and the congressional response. It includes

    CQ News Coverage: What Can Congress Do?
    CQ News: Overview of key players
    CRS Report: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Response
    CQ Hot Docs: Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports
    CQ Hot Docs: "Dear Colleague" Letters

October 17, 2014
Several news outlets are reporting that Obama will be appointing Ron Klain, former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, as Ebola “czar,” or response coordinator.

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 Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15th to January 7th.  Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces runs from November 15th to February 15th.

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Recent Briefings

Every day, health care professionals make complex decisions that directly affect the cost and quality of care. Increasingly, both private and public payers are implementing payment reforms to motivate quality improvement, reward providers for delivering high quality care, and, in some cases, impose penalties for sub-par performance, while bipartisan policy proposals to reform Medicare physician payment would modify existing provider incentive programs.  Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2010, opioid pain relievers accounted for approximately 17,000 of overdose deaths— more than twice the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. Despite the tremendous importance of prescription drugs in treating pain, some medications have a high risk of being misused or abused. Some researchers have voiced concerns that prescription painkillers could even be a gateway drug for heroin users. With the steady rise in prescription rates and drug overdose deaths, policymakers are coming to a consensus that this national problem must be addressed.  Read More

Some new health plans sold in the insurance marketplaces are offering consumers networks that exclude certain doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. While some claim that these networks hamper provider access and choice, others contend that this approach, if done the right way, helps consumers by creating competition and controlling costs.  Read More

Approximately10.6 million people were aided by more than 4,400 in-person assistance programs in searching and applying for coverage in the first six-month enrollment period. Brokers also played a role in helping consumers sign up for coverage. Some believe that in-person, enrollment assistance programs are key to future enrollment success, while others voice concerns about the training of those offering assistance, and the security of applicants’ personal information. Many questions arise about their effect on coverage moving forward and the funding required to support the programs. Read More

This briefing will explore innovations and challenges in delivering health care to a growing population of inmates. This is an expensive group because of the large number of people with mental illness, addiction disorders, conditions associated with aging and Hepatitis C. Indeed, corrections spending is the second fastest-growing state expenditure, behind Medicaid, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Read More

Toolkit: Training the Workforce for a Changing Health System


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Toolkit: Training the Workforce for a Changing Health System


A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit addresses concerns about whether newly-trained physicians are adequately prepared for today's evolving health care delivery system. Does training adequately emphasize care coordination, team-based care, costs of care, health information technology, cultural competence and quality improvement? Does it encourage students to practice in a primary care setting?

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Toolkit: Replacing the SGR


A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit summarizes the recent policy debate surrounding the decade-long problem In the last six months, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Ways and Means, and Senate Finance committees all put forth similar bills to repeal and reform the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. Further, with the CBO estimating the cost of repeal at $116.5, the lowest since 2006, many health policy experts are speculating that 2014 is the year that policymakers enact a permanent change to the SGR.

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