Now that Senate Republicans have delayed action on their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill until after the Independence Day recess, let’s take a moment to talk about innovation.
One feature of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t get a lot of ink was the creation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center. With the very real prospect of an ACA repeal, the Innovation Center’s future is in doubt. As Neal Versel noted in his column for Fortune on the Republican replacement bill to the ACA, the new bill is remarkably thin on the subjects of health IT, innovation and new care delivery models.
Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told D.C. health reporters he tries to be as direct and honest as possible when testifying in hyper-charged congressional hearings about the Affordable Care Act.
“I think of congressional oversight and my relationship with the media as very much an exercise in, ‘you guys see things I don’t,’” Slavitt said during an Oct. 6 panel discussion for AHCJ’s D.C. chapter, held at New York University’s D.C. campus. Continue reading
Medicaid enrollment has jumped 27 percent since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with 31 states and the District of Columbia choosing to expand program eligibility. Medicaid now covers 72.8 million Americans.
But reimbursement rates for Medicaid remain lower than private insurance and a shortage of participating providers is causing access challenges. Continue reading
With thousands of soldiers having served in Iraq and Afghanistan, our country will be grappling with the short-term and long-term consequences of those wars for decades to come. That means health reporters will find no shortage of opportunities to explain the health ramifications of those tours, from PTSD’s effects and new treatments to battlefield medicine applied in emergency rooms. AHCJ offers several resources to reporters covering mental health issues concerning the military, but there also are many angles to take in looking at the physical consequences of war.
In a new How I Did It article for AHCJ, independent reporter Liza Gross describes how she decided to write about soldiers’ facial reconstruction for Discover and the challenges she encountered, from wading through a huge evidence base of medical research to approaching her interviews with sensitivity and empathy – but not too much. Continue reading