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Medicaid At 50

The Medicaid program will reach its 50th anniversary this year, a historic milestone. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, which has studied and analyzed Medicaid closely for nearly 25 years, is recognizing this important occasion by documenting Medicaid’s evolution and its role in the health care system today. A new report reflects on...
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Policy And Legal Syllabus For Diversity Programs In Higher Education

Over the last decade, the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative, working in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) and numerous other higher education institutions and organizations, has developed a significant body of work designed to assist institutions pursuing diversity goals. This Syllabus is designed to map relevant issues and direct institutions to...
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Patient-Provider Communication

Health providers are paying increased attention to communicating more effectively with patients and their families about their care, although progress is occurring at a modest pace, according to findings from a newly released Chartbook on Patient- and Family-Centered Care from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ). One measure, communication between patients and hospital staff...
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Combined Effect Of Not Expanding Medicaid And Losing Marketplace Assistance

According to a new brief from the Urban Institute, if the Supreme Court rules against the government in King v. Burwell, an additional 5.6 million individuals could lose health coverage in the 20 states that have a federally-facilitated health insurance marketplace and have not expanded Medicaid. Another 4.2 million residents will be uninsured in 2016...
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Billing And Payment For A New Health Economy

The U.S. healthcare industry’s billing and payment system is a horse-and-buggy in a world contemplating driverless cars. The $2.9 trillion sector needs to transform the way it does business, creating a more transparent, seamless, convenient way to bill and collect money from its customers, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which identifies consumer...
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Paths To Sustainability For Innovative Delivery System Programs

Innovative health care delivery organizations are developing programs that aim to improve quality and demonstrate reductions in unnecessary use of acute care and costs. According to a report from RAND, researchers sought to identify paths to sustainability for these innovative care delivery programs. They identified a highly uncertain environment for the sustainability of care delivery...
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Small Share Of Medicaid Enrollees Accounted For Large Share Of Expenditures

According to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Congressional watchdog agency, a small percentage of Medicaid-only enrollees, i.e., those not also eligible for Medicare, consistently accounted for a large percentage of total Medicaid expenditures for Medicaid-only enrollees. In each fiscal year from 2009 through 2011, the most expensive 5 percent...
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