Len Nichols Quoted in New Republic


How Much Is Obamacare Raising Your Insurance

Rate? Depends on Which State You Live In.

“I put the most credence in what insurers do, not what they say,” said Nichols.  “I see United [Healthcare] and others entering exchanges they avoided in 2014.  This is a collective judgment that these markets are working, contradicting the cassandras once again. Rather loudly, actually. Actions don’t lie, or spin.”

Read the article here.


Len Nichols on Panel at AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) in San Diego

Is it Time for Comprehensive Competitive Pricing in Medicare?

One of the most promising options to address the serious financial problems Medicare faces is comprehensive competitive pricing (CCP). Under CCP, the Medicare program accepts bids for the entitlement benefit package, and then uses those risk-adjusted bids to determine the government’s contribution to a basic set of benefits. On Monday, June 9th, at the ARM in San Diego, the panelists will describe CCP and its effects on the fairness and efficiency of the Medicare program, discussing the economic and political implications of this major reform.

• Michael Chernew, Harvard Medical School
• Robert Coulam, Simmons College School of Management
• Len Nichols, George Mason University

Chair: Bryan Dowd, University of Minnesota

Additional info click here


Kalahn Taylor-Clark presents at the Public Health Services Research (PHSR) Interest Group meeting in San Diego.


Dr. Taylor-Clark, Senior Advisor for the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, took part on a panel presenting The Transforming Health System at the Public Health Services Research (PHSR) Interest Group meeting in San Diego. PHSR is part of the AcademyHealth Annual Research (ARM) Meeting being held June 8- 10th in San Diego.

Click here for presentation information.

Find PHSR Interest Group info here: 2014 Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Meeting

Health Insurance Exchange Summit

LN HIXLen Nichols on Panel at Health Insurance Exchange Summit

As one of the Summit’s Co-Chairs, Dr. Nichols participated on a panel titled Exchange Role in Payment and 
 Delivery System Reform and Quality​ at the Health Insurance Exchange Summit in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2014.
Click for Summit details

The Healthcare Policy Podcast

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SCOTUS Hearing on Contraceptives and the ACA

Supreme Court Hearing on contraceptive coverage and religious freedom:

Challenging the Affordable Care Act


At issue: Can a business be required to provide its female employees with health insurance that includes access to free birth control, even if doing so would violate the strong religious beliefs of the family that owns the business?


  • Here is a ‘user friendly’ breakdown of the Supreme Court hearing today re: coverage of contraception by religious organizations.  It will likely be decided in early summer, but I think the NYT coverage of it is an easy Q and A:



  • Here is the SCOTUS blog that summarized the hearing and debate:


Advances in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Conference

Advances in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Conference • Friday, March 14, 2014 • 7:00am-4:30pm

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Physicians Conference Center, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Inova’s Advances in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Symposium is a full day comprehensive symposium that offers
top-quality education and the opportunity to talk directly with
expert faculty. This symposium provides current and practical
information in addition to hot topic discussions covering the
latest in pulmonary and critical care medicine. This symposium
will present cutting edge advances in pulmonary and critical
care medicine. In addition, physicians and other health care
professionals will have the opportunity to consider current
standards of care, as well as recommendations for optimizing
patient care.

This symposium is intended for physicians in the medical
specialties of pulmonary medicine, critical care, infectious disease,
internal medicine and family practice. It will also be of interest
to respiratory care practitioners, physician assistants, nurse
practitioners, nurses and other allied health care professionals
interested in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

The Inova Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited
by the Medical Society of Virginia to provide continuing medical
education for physicians.

The Inova Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this
live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent
of their participation in the activity.

Physicians may claim up to 6.75 credits in Type 1 CME on
the Virginia Board of Medicine Continued Competency and
Assessment Form required for renewal of an active medical
license in Virginia.

quick question

Do you currently have health insurance?


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