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Building A Patient-Centered Health System

The Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) has released a White Paper to examine the future of patient-centered care in the framework of a value-based payment system. An effort is made to identify the inflection points that can expect to be seen in the future development of alternative payment models (APMs)—such as Accountable Care Organizations...
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States Report On Medicaid Enrollment, Payment, And Other Trends

States expect to enroll 13.2% more individuals in Medicaid in fiscal year 2015, according to the latest annual survey of state Medicaid directors by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. The estimate includes an anticipated average increase of 18% in states implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and 5.2% in non-expansion states,...
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Recipients And Non-Recipients Of Insurance Coverage Under The ACA

An Issue Brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute provides more evidence that state officials’ decisions against expansion adversely affect already disadvantaged residents. While 5.9 million adults with moderate incomes in nonexpanding states qualify for financial assistance to purchase insurance through the new marketplaces, nearly 6.3 million uninsured residents with lower...
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Completion Rates Of Non-First-Time Students

In the first national effort to benchmark the persistence patterns of non-first-time college students, researchers found that only 33.7 percent completed their degree, compared with 54.1 percent of first-time students. The benchmarking initiative​ is a cooperative effort between the American Council on Education (ACE), InsideTrack, NASPA – Student Administrators in Higher Education, the University Professional...
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Annual National Quality Strategy Progress Report

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2014 Annual Progress Report on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The National Quality Strategy is an initiative led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on behalf of HHS.   The report can be accessed at http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/annual-reports/nqs2014annlrpt.pdf...
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The Changing Profile Of Student Borrowers

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data, college graduates are more likely than they were two decades ago to have financed their education with loans. The likelihood of borrowing increased the most among students from the nation’s wealthiest families. The report can be accessed at http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2014/10/2014-10-07_Student-Debtors-FINAL.pdf...
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Bending The Health Cost Curve

A new report and series of briefs from Avalere Health explores the use of non-medical data to coordinate care for high risk Medicare beneficiaries better, which can lead to improvements in care while providing health plans a return on investment. A download contains three briefs entitled: Identifying High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries with Predictive Analytics, Opportunity to Enhance the...
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Optimism for MOOC’s fading in recent survey of campus IT administrators

The 2014 edition of the Campus Computing Survey, an annual report on technology in higher education, found increasing pessimism among senior postsecondary IT officials about both the effectiveness of MOOC’s as a mechanism to deliver effective online education and well as a revenue generating tool for their institutions in the future. http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/optimism-about-moocs-fades-in-campus-it-offices-survey-finds/54705 (subscription required)...
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