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Accountable Care Organizations: A New Paradigm for Health Care Delivery?

The health reform law of 2010 authorizes Medicare, beginning next year, to contract with accountable care organizations (ACOs) in a Medicare Shared Savings Program. ACOs provide financial incentives to improve the coordination and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while reducing costs. But providers have raised red flags, saying the…

Preventing Chronic Disease: The New Public Health

There is a groundswell of activity in local communities to support healthier lifestyles and help people make long-lasting and sustainable changes that can reduce their risk for chronic diseases. A number of provisions in the health reform law are aimed directly at improving population health by addressing conditions where Americans…

Health Insurance Exchanges: House or Senate Style?

Health insurance exchanges can potentially serve a variety of policy ends, from promoting transparency and competition among health plans, to pooling risk, to administering subsidies for those unable to afford health insurance premiums. This briefing, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund, looked at how the…

Pathways to Payment Innovation in a Post-Health Reform Era

The new health reform law contains a number of changes in the way health care is paid for, particularly in public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored a May 10 briefing which explored topics such as how some health care…

Coping with Fragmented Payment in the Real World

The Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored this briefing which focused on three communities that have reformed and harmonized health care payments across payers to improve care: a New York health center that serves a low income population; a Colorado community that pools money from public and…

Health Care After the Supreme Court Decision: What’s Next?

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the health reform law. Panelists explore such questions as: What does the court’s ruling mean for those without health insurance? Will states that choose to participate in the Medicaid expansion…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Orrin Hatch

This May 7, 2009 webcast features Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and ranking Republican on the panel’s Subcommittee on Health Care. The briefing was part of the Health Care Reform Newsmaker series sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Chris Dodd

This webcast captures an April 28, 2009 briefing with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The briefing was part of the Health Care Reform Newsmaker series sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National Federation of…

Testimony Related to Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation is frequently invited to provide expert testimony before Congress on key health care issues. Testimony At NAIC Exchanges Subgroup Public Hearing Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Gary Claxton, who directs the Foundation’s Marketplace Policy Project, testified July 22, 2010, before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’…