Health reform core topic pages feature new data, links, concepts

Joanne Kenen

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

The latest additions to AHCJ’s core curriculum pages on health reform include information about bundled payments, acute and chronic conditions, SHOP exchanges and some resources on overtreatment and screening guidelines.

The health reform data page now includes links to the latest readmission rates released by the Agency for Health Care  Research and Quality. Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News has written for AHCJ members about how to use readmission data in your reporting, including why it has become so important:

The Affordable Care Act honed in on hospital readmissions because many health policy experts believe they’re symptomatic of the broad dysfunction of the health care system where providers don’t work with each other as patients pass from one setting, like a hospital, to another, like a primary doctor’s oversight or a nursing home.

New readmissions penalties that begin in October are intended to prod hospitals to start making sure patients get the care they need after they walk out the door.

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