This is the electronic file that is exchanged between a health care payer and an insurer. In the context of the Affordable Care Act, it’s how the health care exchanges let the insurers know that someone has enrolled in a health plan. At this writing (Oct. 2013) there are widespread reports of errors, duplication, and confusion. The “834”s aren’t new and must be HIPAA compliant. They are formally called “EDI Benefit Enrollment and Maintenance Set (834).” For lots of details, see this CMS document.
Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
There is no single agreed upon definition for an ACO; models are still evolving, and even Medicare is contemplating a few variants. But basically an ACO is an organization that links (physically or virtually) physicians, hospitals and other providers, and provides more coordinated and integrated care. An ACO is supposed to emphasize primary care and be accountable for the cost of care and the quality of care. Within the Medicare model being introduced, the beneficiary can choose a doctor inside or outside the ACO, unlike an HMO.
The average share of medical costs that a health plan will cover for a beneficiary population. The covered individual pays the rest. The metal tiers on the exchange reflect different actuarial values.
Advanceable tax credit (or tax credit)
The health law gives subsidies to certain low- and middle-income people purchasing insurance in the exchanges through tax credits that are available when the insurance premium is due, meaning the buyer doesn’t have to wait until a tax return in the next calendar year.
This occurs when more sick people - or those who have a high chance of becoming sick - purchase insurance than healthier people. If too many sick or high-cost people buy and too few healthier ones are in the risk pool, premiums rise. Then, even more of the healthier people drop out, so premiums rise even more. This is also known as a death spiral.
Affordable Care Act
Also known as Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Became law on March 23, 2010. Main coverage provisions – Medicaid expansion, the state-based health insurance exchanges, the subsidies for low and moderate income people to buy insurance – went into effect in 2014. An estimated 16 million people have gained coverage since its passage. The law remains politically divisive, however, and many states have either refused to create their own exchange or declined to expand Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act bans insurers from charging older people more than three times as much as younger people in the small group and individual markets. Some groups, including major insurers, want to push it to a five to one ratio – but critics say that will crowd out older and sicker people from the insurance markets, undermining the law’s goals.
Before the ACA, many health plans had a yearly limit on what they would pay, either in total costs or for services such as prescriptions or hospitalizations. After hitting the limit, the beneficiary must pay the costs for the rest of the year. While the ACA has deductibles and out-of-pocket costs that can be burdensome, it also ended the yearly (and lifetime) limits so that people who get a catastrophic, high-cost disease or condition don’t have to worry about hitting benefit limits.
Any willing provider
Some states require a managed care organization to accept any provider, such as a doctor or hospital, into the network. This may broaden the choice of consumers facing narrow networks, but insurers say it undermines efforts to control costs.
Health care plan enrollees are automatically signed up again for the next year, unless they opt out or proactively choose a different plan. Under the ACA, this can happen in the exchanges and in employer health plans, although the precise rules have not been finalized for the business setting as of mid-2014.
When a health care provider bills the patient for the difference between what the provider charges and what the insurers says is the allowed amount. This isn’t allowed if it’s a preferred provider (in-network) and a covered service. (note –it’s not balanceD billing)
Basic Health Plan (BHP)
Under ACA, people under 133 percent of poverty will be absorbed in Medicaid, and other low (and some middle) income people will get subsidies to get health insurance on the state insurance exchange. But states have another option – the Basic Health Plan – for covering people with incomes between 133 and 200 percent of poverty – the group above the new Medicaid limits but still quite low-income. The basic plan will be outside the state insurance exchange, include the essential benefits, and be subsidized. The federal government will pay the states 95 percent of what it would have paid had they been subsidized through the exchanges.
Bending the curve
A phrase that means changing the trajectory of health care cost growth – making it grow more slowly. It’s usually used as part of a discussion about ways of using payment and delivery system reform to create a more efficient health care system, with more sensible incentives, that will slow spending growth.
A lump sum usually given to a state or local government for a specific purpose. There can be some requirements attached to the grant, but within the context of the ongoing Medicaid debate, the gist of the GOP idea is to give the money to the states with few strings attached. That would give governors great flexibility in who to cover and what benefits to offer, changing the nature of the Medicaid entitlement.
“Cadillac” health plan
An employee health benefit plans where coverage exceeds a certain dollar threshold. The portion above a certain annual level ($10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for self and spouse or family coverage) will be subject to a 40 percent excise tax starting in 2018.
When a health care provider is paid a fixed or per capita amount for each enrolled patient, regardless of how much medical care each person actually receives.
The health law encourages better care coordination, so that providers work together to avoid complications, recurrences, and rehospitalizations, particularly for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes or congestive heart failure.
A catastrophic plan is just what it sounds like; it’s a high deductible plan that kicks in when medical expenses mount. The catastrophic plans in the ACA exchanges also cover preventive care and some primary care.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
(formerly Health Care Financing Administration, HCFA) Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, this federal agency runs Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance programs. It now includes centers, or offices, responsible for key elements of health reform.
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985)
This allows someone who loses a job to keep the group coverage for 18 months. The beneficiary pays the whole cost - the employer and the employee portions – plus a small administrative fee. It may become less popular now that people who lose a job have the option of getting covered through the ACA exchanges (and a job loss often allows someone to enroll outside of the usual open season).
A copay is a fixed fee for each health care service, i.e. $15 for primary care, $50 for a specialist (it varies from plan to plan and certain preventive services are now free under the law). Co-insurance is a percentage -- the patient, for instance, could pay 20 percent and the plan 80 percent (subject to out-of-pocket limits). copays tend to be for in-network providers, co-insurance for out of network – but all these arrangements vary from plan to plan.
Before the passage of the ACA, insurers could charge people based on gender, their health status (pre-existing conditions), age or other factors – or they could choose not to cover them at all. Starting in 2014, “community rating” was limited. Older people can be charged three times as much as younger people (in some states it had been much higher) and there is no extra charge for women of child-bearing years or people who have been sick. Smokers can be charged more and participation in wellness programs can affect premiums. There will also be some geographic variation and, of course, families will pay more than individuals.
Coordination of benefits
In the event of coverage from two sources (e.g., Medicare plus supplementary coverage, or two employer plans, which occurs when two people in the family have coverage) the insurers will "coordinate benefits," meaning they will determine which insurer is the primary payer and which is secondary payer.
A doctor, clinic or hospital may “cost shift” so that people who are covered make up the losses for charity care, uncompensated care or lower payments from other health plans. For example, someone with a generous employer-sponsored health plan may be overpaying to cover costs of the uninsured or of people on health plans that pay less to providers.
Critical access hospital
Certain small hospitals mostly in rural areas are designated as “critical access” hospitals. The staffing standards are less rigorous than other hospitals, and they are paid by Medicare based on their cost, not the usual payment scales. Not all rural hospitals are “critical” access. They have to be able to provide emergency care, but may not have all the services of a larger hospital.
This occurs when more sick people - or those who have a high chance of becoming sick - purchase insurance than healthier people. If too many sick or high-cost people buy and too few healthier ones are in the risk pool, premiums rise. Then, even more of the healthier people drop out, so premiums rise even more. This is also known as adverse selection.
When doctors or other health providers order tests or screening or even treatments that may not be necessary in order to protect themselves from later malpractice suits. It contributes to overuse (and the risk of harm from unnecessary treatments) and higher health care costs — although there is disagreement among experts as to how much. In a 2010 Health Affairs article, the cost was pegged at $55.6 billion in 2008 dollars, or 2.4 percent of total health care spending. Others put it higher.
There's also a lot of debate about whether how much over-treatment and over-screening is motivated by fear of lawsuits — defensive medicine — and how much arises from other reasons. That includes how doctors are trained. The default is often "do more," not "do less and then do more if you have to." It's also how doctors are paid in the fee for service system; more treatment brings in more money, and whether the treatment is necessary or beneficial is largely irrelevant.
Defined benefit vs. defined contribution
When a health plan, whether through a private employer or a government program like Medicare or Medicaid, promises specified benefits (even if the costs can fluctuate, benefits are guaranteed), it's a defined benefit, and an entitlement. Under Medicare and Medicaid, the government by law has to spend the money to provide benefits for everyone eligible for — or entitled to — these programs. Beneficiaries may have cost sharing, but the benefit is not capped or limited. Most private health plans are still defined benefits — the employer pays a certain percentage of the premium, and the employee pays the rest.
The shift toward a defined contribution — which is what many Republicans want to see happen for Medicare and Medicaid — is a limited, set, fixed amount toward health coverage, whether through a voucher or another form of payment. Beneficaries may have their choice of health plans, but the contribution is fixed. That means the government or employer has fixed financial liability. In the world of employer sponsored insurance, it means that the employer gives the employee a fixed amount and the employee then goes and buys insurance. (This is how the small business exchange works in Utah.)
Disproportionate share hospital
This refers to a hospital that has a disproportionate share of low-income payments as defined by standards set in Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals get “dsh” payments to help compensate for the cost and the health status of patients.
Doughnut hole (or Donut hole)
A coverage gap in the Medicare drug benefit, during which beneficiaries pay all the costs until another level of coverage kicks in. The health law gradually fills it in.
The health reform law creates a new Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (aka "Office of Duals") at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve quality and efficiency of care for the "dual eligibles," low-income people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. They tend to be poorer and sicker than the rest of the population and use more health care resources.
Insurers use this word to describe finalizing enrollment. Coverage has been effectuated once someone signs up, selects a plan on the ACA exchange, pays the premium, and has the policy finalized.
Small businesses using the SHOP exchange are supposed to decide how much they will contribute to workers’ health coverage, and then let the employees choose from a menu of plan choices through the exchange, instead of having the employer choose the health plan. But that “employee choice” option was delayed – and then delayed again in 18 states until at least 2016. Most of the state-run exchanges have gone ahead with it. Without employee choice, there is less incentive for small businesses to switch to the exchange.
The requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers offer affordable coverage. The deadline, originally in 2014, has changed and the requirement is being phased in more slowly. Businesses with 50 to 99 workers will have a mandate, but it’s been postponed again until 2016.
Larger businesses with 100 or more workers (most of which already offer fairly comprehensive coverage to workers) only need to cover 70 percent of workers in 2015. The earlier requirement to cover 95 percent won’t apply until 2016.
Essential health benefits
A set of benefits created by the health reform law that will ensure that a plan covers comprehensive services. All plans, inside and outside of the state-based exchanges, will have to offer at least this much coverage.
According to the Affordable Care Act, an employee who works an average of at least 30 hours per week is considered a full time worker and eligible for coverage. (And part time would be fewer than 30 hours per week.)
A group health plan that began – or an individual health insurance policy that was purchased – on or before March 23, 2010. These plans are exempt from many of the requirements under the ACA. They may lose their “grandfathered” status if they are changed to reduce benefits or add costs to beneficiaries. New employees or family members can still be added to these plans.
Plans that were slated to be canceled in 2014 but were instead extended have been dubbed “grandmothered” plans. They are different than the “grandfathered” plans, which haven’t changed substantially since the health law was passed and don’t have to comply with key parts of the law.
The essential benefits requirements of the health law include both habilitation and rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation helps a patient regain a lost ability; habilitation helps them develop an ability that they never had (i.e. a child with developmental delays who isn’t walking or talking when expected). It can include physical, and occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology. It can be inpatient or outpatient. (See also: Rehabilitation services.)
Health insurance exchanges/marketplaces
New marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can purchase health insurance, with new rules and consumer protections laid out in the health reform legislation. States have some leeway in how they design their exchanges, but if a state does not set up the exchange, the federal government will run the state marketplace. States can have one exchange for small business and another for individuals, or they can merge them.
A law that requires individuals to have health insurance, or face a penalty. Dispute over whether mandate is constitutional is basis of many of the lawsuits about health reform.
An advisory committee on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, MACPAC was established in a 2009 law and expanded and funded in the health reform law. It reviews state and federal policies and makes recommendations to Congress, HHS and the states on matters related to Medicaid and children’s access to care.
Created in 1965, joint state-federal program provides health care for the low-income and disabled. It also covers long term care, such as nursing homes, for low-income elderly. Currently covers about 60 million people.
Medical device excise tax
One way the health care law is financed is through a sales tax on medical devices – a 2.3 percent tax that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2103. The industry is fighting to repeal it, saying it’s a “job killer.” The manufacturer pays the tax – not the consumer. Most simple devices that a consumer would buy at a retail store (i.e. a thermometer) are exempt. There are some other exemptions including glasses, hearing aids and wheelchairs.
Medical loss ratio (MLR)
Portion of the insurance premium that goes to pay medical costs, versus administrative overhead (and profit). Under the ACA, it’s 80 cents on the dollar for individual and small-business plans (which have higher overhead and marketing costs). For larger businesses, it’s 85. A few states are seeking waivers, and a handful have received them because it was likely that insurers would flee the state if forced to meet the new rules too quickly. Plans that don’t meet the threshold would have to give customers rebates.
Federal health program for all Americans starting at age 65, and some of the disabled. Part A covers hospital care, Part B is doctors, labs and other outpatient treatment, Part C covers those who choose to get covered in private Medicare Advantage Plans, and Part D is prescription drug coverage.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is an independent Congressional agency established in 1997 to advise Congress on Medicare payment issues, including physicians, hospitals and Medicare Advantage plans.
Navigators are supposed to help educate people about their options under the health law, including what subsidies they can get, and help people enroll in a qualified health plan. Navigators also can connect them to ombudsmen or other resources when problems arise. They have to meet certain conflict of interest and training/certification rules.
Health plans contract with doctors, hospitals, labs and other health care providers to supply in-network care for lower costs. Many of the health plans in the new exchanges are expected to have “narrow networks” or a relatively limited set of providers to choose from, although they still have to satisfy Affordable Care Act requirements about coverage and access. Patients have to pay more – sometimes much more – for out-of-network care.
Enrollment in the individual market in plans outside the exchange. Most meet ACA requirements.
The date that a health plan begins. Some of the new rules under the health law may go into effect on a certain date, but individual health plans may not have to comply until their next “plan year.” Example: the contraceptive coverage rule starts Aug. 1. Plans may not have to offer the coverage until their plan year, whether that be October, January, etc.
When an insurer investigates someone’s health history after a health plan has been sol d- and usually after a claim has been filed. This can lead to cancellation of a policy or “rescission.” The ACA makes rescission illegal (except in the case of fraud or intentional misrepresentation). Also see Recission.
This is a term critics of the ACA use to describe rising insurance prices, or anticipated rises in premiums, particularly for younger, healthier people.
The Affordable Care Act has three tools to try to encourage health plans to participate in the new state-based exchanges, to discourage insurers from trying to find ways of avoiding covering people in poor health, and to try to stabilize premiums and spread risk in case some health plans do end up with more high-cost beneficiaries than others. They are risk adjustment, risk corridors and reinsurance (see separate glossary entries) Reinsurance and the risk corridors are for the first three years of the exchanges (2014-16) Risk adjustment is permanent.
Proposal to give people a voucher or coupon to help pay for health insurance. At the moment, it’s most often used in the context of Medicare. There are several variants of premium support. Some would make it an alternative to traditional Medicare, some would make it a substitute for traditional Medicare. (The House-passed budget would make it a substitute, with the voucher unlikely to keep up with the rising health care costs) Premium support lets the federal government cap its Medicare spending, but the costs could get shifted to individuals.
Remember the debate over the “public option” in the health law? Now some states are pursuing what’s been dubbed the “private option.” That means that some conservative states are looking at ways of taking federal expansion money and using it to buy low-income people private health insurance, rather than putting them in traditional Medicaid. They have to do so in ways that are acceptable to HHS though.
Process through which state insurance officials review proposed premium increases. Some states can approve or disapprove rates, others can just review and seek information about them.
This is usually used as shorthand for when a patient returns to the hospital within 30 days. (Patients of course can return after 30 days, but the policy right now is focused on the first month.)
The essential benefits requirements of the health law include both habilitation and rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation helps a patient regain an ability or function for daily living that they lost, such as mobility after a stroke or accident. It can include physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology. (See also: Habilitation services.)
This is what it sounds like – insurance for the insurers. Reinsurance provides a backstop so an insurer doesn’t end up with deep losses. To make the exchanges work, the government has an interest in reinsuring the health plans and limiting their financial exposure so that they are willing to participate in the exchanges – and don’t try to game the system and avoid covering people with preexisting conditions or health risks. CMS has projected reinsiurance will keep premiums in the exchanges 10 percent to 15 percent lower.
Retroactive cancellation of health insurance policy, usually after someone files a claim. The health law outlaws this (except in the case of fraud or intentional misrepresentation). Also see Post-claims underwriting.
This is a way of spreading the financial risk that insurers bear – in and out of the exchanges – and encouraging them to offer a variety of health plans with stable premiums. Basically a health plan that enrolls a lot of healthy, low-risk individuals will shift some money (under a government formula) to a health plan that enrolls a lot of sicker, more expensive and high-risk beneficiaries. There are elaborate formulas for measuring and evaluating the relative risks. Because the money goes from one insurer to another, it’s deficit neutral – meaning it doesn’t add to the government’s costs. The states can establish their own risk adjustment programs if they are running exchanges, or they can use the federal system.
As there will be a lot of uncertainty for insurers in the exchanges the first few years, the risk corridors enable the federal government to share the risk with the health plans. If a health plan has costs that are at least 3 percent lower than expected, they turn some of the money over to HHS. And those that have higher costs than expected will get payments from HHS to offset part of it. If it’s in between – within that corridor – no money is transferred.
This means a company (traditionally a large company but, more recently, smaller businesses, too) that pays the health costs of the employees (and, if applicable, dependents.) It hires an insurance company to handle enrollment, claims and creating a network, but it pays the actual medical bills and it assumes the risk. It usually has reinsurance to limit that risk.
Automatic budget cuts. It can be across the board, or some programs or agencies can be exempted or partially shielded from cuts.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) will provide insurance coverage for businesses in every state. They are open to businesses with up to 100 employees (and may be expanded in future years). They are supposed to offer a variety of plan options, although the choices will be limited in the first year in some states.
Superuser (or Super utilizer)
This refers to a patient who uses a lot of health care, particularly a lot of avoidable expensive health care in hospitals and emergency departments. The term is usually used to describe low-income patients with multiple chronic conditions, often including a mental health problem.
Beginning with the W-2s for 2012, the year-end income tax forms include the value of the employer’s contribution to the worker’s health plan. This does not mean the payment is taxable – that hasn’t changed. But the disclosure rule aims to give people more information about the true cost of health insurance. This IRS page explains it in more detail.
An insurer or government program that pays medical bills for a patient or “first party” given care by a hospital, doctor or other “second party.”
This federal health care program has almost 9.5 million members worldwide. It covers active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military retirees. Tricare also serves the families of armed-service members, survivors, certain former spouses, and others registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) (for family members and dependents). People who have Tricare coverage do meet the individual mandate requirement. People who lose Tricare coverage eligibility generally can move into the exchanges.
When clinics, hospitals or doctors provide care without pay – from an insurer, the patient, or a government program such as Medicaid. This can include charity care or bad debt when the provider tries and fails to collect the payment due.
People who have insurance but either face very high deductibles or skimpy benefits (or both) are considered underinsured. The Commonwealth Fund estimated that, as of 2010, 29 million U.S. adults were underinsured. Many skimp on care, including preventive care.
Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR)
This is the amount paid for a certain medical service, and it often varies geographically. It’s based on what providers usually charge, and health plans use it to determine their “allowable” payments.
Health insurers in the small group and individual markets use “underwriting” – weighing an individual’s health status, “pre-existing conditions” and risk factors – to decide whether to offer coverage and how much to charge. In health plans sold in the exchanges starting in 2014, underwriting won’t be allowed although some rate variations will be allowed based on age and tobacco use.
Value-based Hospital Purchasing
A Medicare initiative that rewards hospitals with incentive payments for the quality of care they provide.
Low-income people who qualify for various government programs may also qualify for wrap-around benefits – meaning some extra help to plug in coverage gaps or pick up costs so they don’t come out of pocket. These extra benefits “wrap around” the health plan the individual is in.
From a briefing for reporters at a San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists, with the Alliance for Health Reform on Jan. 21, 2015.
Pres. Obama is the surprising new star of a BuzzFeed video where he makes goofy faces, doodles of Michelle Obama at work and yes, even takes a photo with a selfie stick.
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Anne Price of Covered California, Emily Bazar with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, Larry Levitt of Kaiser Family Foundation, and Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union addressed the narrow networks trend and its impact on consumers, insurers and providers, and also proposed government intervention. Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance moderated.
Read Secretary Burwell's full remarks at http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/speeches/sp20141215.html.
Secretary Burwell gives remarks at an Open Enrollment event at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas.
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On September 23, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell delivered remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act.
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This video, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists, explores opportunities for journalists to use ACA monitoring data for their stories on health reform. The Foundation's Katherine Hempstead discusses several RWJF-sponsored datasets, available online through http://www.rwjf.org/ReformByTheNumbers. Her remarks were presented at an AHCJ member event held at the New York State Health Foundation on June 19, 2014.
5:10 First data set; Urban Institute - Health Reform Monitoring Survey (The quarterly Health Reform Monitoring Survey of households provides timely information on ACA implementation and changes in health insurance coverage, access to care and affordability.)
15:54 Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania - HIX 2.0 (Multiple datasets track each state's key ACA implementation decisions and examine variation—starting with governance.)
19:09 Breakaway Policy Strategies - Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare, (This dataset compiles information on benefits and costs of health plans offered through the marketplaces in all 50 states and DC. It includes data on premiums, network composition, deductibles and more.)
27:42 New Jersey Hospital Association - Payer Mix Data (Discharge data from 22 state hospital associations show total inpatient admissions and emergency admissions by payer, as well as data on diagnoses and procedures responsive to insurance status.)
40:28 athenahealth -- ACAView (Monthly data assess the impact of the ACA on provider access, patient financial obligation, health status of new patients, physician revenue cycle and provider reimbursement.)
47:34 Enrollment and carrier data (Enrollment and carrier data from health, life, fraternal and property/casualty insurers include information on number of policies, federal and state taxes, health premiums earned and more.)
53:28 General Q&A
President Obama thanks outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her work over the past five years that will benefit our families and this country for decades to come, and announces he is nominating his current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor. April 11, 2014.
Obama CTO Todd Park Refuses To Give A Letter Grade For ObamaCare Website Rollout (November 13, 2013)
President Obama says that the health insurance that's available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use. October 21, 2013.
The HHS secretary made the remarks after touring an Austin, Texas, health clinic on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Video courtesy FOX News.
Starting October 1st, you can go to http://www.healthcare.gov and use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to see all of the health plans available in your area and sign up for the one that fits your needs and budget. You can also find out if you're eligible to pay less for private health insurance or whether you qualify for other free or low-cost programs.
In California Friday, President Barack Obama praised the health law benefits already in place and talked about the state's health insurance marketplace. He also placed a special emphasis on touting the law to the state's Latino population.
In California Friday, President Barack Obama praised the health law benefits already in place and talked about the state's health insurance marketplace. He also placed a special emphasis on touting the law to the state's Latino population.
In the first of a new series of briefings for health care journalists, a panel of experts offered updates and analysis about implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the states.
The Dec. 12 Chicago AHCJ chapter event was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
At a recent forum, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley offer contrasting perspectives on the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act's requirement that individuals must purchase health insurance. For more health reform news updates, visit http://www.familypracticenews.com/news/practice-trends.html
The health care overhaul law passed by Congress in 2010 sets out national goals and requirements. But many of the key decisions implementing the law are left to the states.
In this video, Robert Field of Drexel University in Philadelphia offers ideas for reporters interested in covering health reform at the state level.
From a Dec. 14, 2011 briefing sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer, American Cancer Society, was the keynote speaker at Health Journalism 2012, the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Brawley, responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection and quality treatment, champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He guides efforts to enhance and focus the research program, upgrade the Society's advocacy capacity, and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective. He is a leader in the Society's work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care.
Joanne Kenen , Deputy Health Editor for the Politico and Stacey Singer, Investigative Reporter from The Palm Beach Post hosted the seminar "10 Stories on Local Healthcare Reform". This hour long seminar was held this morning at 10:30 the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel shares his thoughts on health care reform in the USA with the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research. Discusses importance of leadership and engagement of health professionals in system transformation.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is also a breast oncologist and author. After completing Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. In 1987-88, he was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School before joining the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Emanuel has authored 3 books and co-edited 4 and will have two books forthcoming in 2012. His publications include The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics, edited by Dr. Emanuel and members of the NIH Department of Bioethics and Healthcare, Guaranteed, Dr. Emanuel's own recommendations for health care reform and, Exploitation and Developing Countries. His book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely praised and received honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr. Emanuel has also published No Margin, No Mission: Health-Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence and co-edited Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research: Readings and Commentary. Dr. Emanuel developed The Medical Directive, a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by Consumer Reports on Health, Harvard Health Letter, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, JAMA, and many other medical journals. He has received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine (UK). Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He received the AMA-Burroughs Welcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship (which he declined). In 2007, Roosevelt University presented Dr. Emanuel with the President's Medal for Social Justice. Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and on the bioethics panel of the Pan- American Healthcare Organization. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at numerous universities and medical schools, including the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovtiz Professor at Stanford Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School.
Politico Reporter Sarah Kliff shares the three issues around implementation of health reform that she is watching, during this panel at Health Journalism 2011.
Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for public health in Washington University's Brown School, discusses the impact of health reform on rural communities. From a panel at the Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2011, presented by the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Watch the newest YouToons video (released Nov. 11, 2014), Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It Covered: http://youtu.be/-58VD3z7ZiQ
Health care reform explained in "Health Reform Hits Main Street."
Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser's Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.
Also let the YouToons illustrate how health insurance coverage will work under reform. Visit: http://healthreform.kff.org/profiles.aspx
Upcoming events on Health Reform from the AHCJ calendar.