Webinar on insurance marketplace experience

From the Commonwealth Fund: Join a Commonwealth Fund–sponsored webinar on the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers & the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. Experts working with the three marketplace models—federal, partnership, & state—will assess progress in their states. What: The Affordable Care Act's Health … Continue reading Webinar on insurance marketplace experience

Implementing health reform: An October through December enrollment report

From the Health Affairs Blog: On January 13, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report on the Health Insurance Marketplace covering the first three months of open enrollment, October 1 through December 28, 2013. The data are reported cumulatively over the three month period rather than only for December, recognizing the … Continue reading Implementing health reform: An October through December enrollment report

HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): HCUP has released a new infographic, The Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals, which represents data from the recently released Statistical Brief #160: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011. This statistical brief provides HCUP data on the distribution … Continue reading HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

State lessons on health system reform

There is a new issue brief available from the Commonwealth Fund:  State Innovation Models: Early Experiences and Challenges of an Initiative to Advance Broad Health System Reform. Since July 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded 25 states nearly $300 million to help them plan, design, and test new ways to improve … Continue reading State lessons on health system reform

The latest Health Wonk Review – Data, medicine, insurance reform, and more

From the Health Affairs Blog and Boston Health News: Health data is a theme of this edition of the Health Wonk Review because it is also the focus of the current Knight News Challenge. That contest rewards media innovation with seed money. They use the word “challenge” literally, asking for innovative responses to question:  How … Continue reading The latest Health Wonk Review – Data, medicine, insurance reform, and more

Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

Michigan representative John Dingell has created a locally relevant guidebook on the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and how it relates to Michigan residents. We've previously covered resources from the federal government, but Dingell's efforts focus on questions and information specifically tailored to Michigan residents. You can see the full list of questions here and … Continue reading Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography

New from the National Academies Press: Health care in the United States is more expensive than in other developed countries, costing $2.7 trillion in 2011, or 17.9 percent of the national gross domestic product. Increasing costs strain budgets at all levels of government and threaten the solvency of Medicare, the nation s largest health insurer. … Continue reading Variation in Health Care Spending: Target Decision Making, Not Geography