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States Authorization Reciprocity Agreements accelerating quickly under new coordinating entity

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements http://nc-sara.org/, a foundation driven effort started this past year, has quickly enrolled 18 states into reciprocity agreements, providing a roadmap to simplify state authorization requirements and ease regulatory burdens for colleges and universities. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/18/state-authorization-reciprocity-effort-passes-tipping-point-supporters-say...
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Patient Involvement In Health Care

According to a new Issue Brief from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), individuals enrolled in so-called “consumer-driven” health plans are more involved in their health care. About 15 percent of the U.S. population, representing 26 million individuals with private insurance, is currently enrolled in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP). About 11 percent was...
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Higher Education State Funding Trends And Policies On Affordability

According to a report frm the Government Accountability Office (GAO), from fiscal years 2003 through 2012, state funding for all public colleges decreased, while tuition rose. Specifically, state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges. The decline in state funding for public colleges may have been due...
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Finding A Path To Affordable Health Care

A National Coalition on Health Care Report, Curbing Costs, Improving Care, provided an alternative to cutting provider reimbursement or reducing the benefits on which the most vulnerable citizens depend. It identified almost $500 billion in real budgetary savings, achieved through both lower spending and enhanced revenue. Under this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-supported project, which...
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National Trends In The Cost Of Employer Health Insurance Coverage

The average annual premium for employer-sponsored health coverage rose 60% for single coverage and 73% for family coverage between 2003 and 2013, while the average deductible more than doubled, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund. Annual premium growth slowed after passage of the Affordable Care Act, to 4.1% annually for single coverage from...
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Top Health Industry Issues Of 2015

As the health sector moves beyond the Affordable Care Act and onto consumer-centered, digitally enabled care, a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers describes the top 10 issues that will dominate the agenda in 2015. The report can be accessed at http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/health-industries/top-health-industry-issues/assets/pwc-hri-top-healthcare-issues-2015.pdf...
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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, which is open for comments, serves as the broad federal strategy setting the context and framing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap that will be released in early 2015. The Roadmap will help to define the implementation of how the federal government and private sector will approach sharing health information. Public...
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