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Len Nichols quoted in Associated Press Article

7M enrolled doesn’t guarantee health law’s success
WASHINGTON (AP) — By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | April 5, 2014 | Updated: April 7, 2014 5:44am
Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that doesn’t guarantee success for the country’s newest social program Republican opponents of the law keep pushing for a repeal, but as millions of people obtain insurance, how long can the party’s strategy remain a politically viable option? The source of the pent-up demand that propelled health care sign-ups beyond expectations could stem from the nation’s new economic reality: a shrinking middle class and many working people treading water in low-paying jobs. With fewer jobs these days that provide health benefits, there was an opening for a government program to subsidize private insurance. When Medicare and Medicaid were created in the 1960s, policymakers took it for granted that people working steady jobs would have access to health care, said Len Nichols, director of the health policy center at George Mason University in Virginia. [...]



The Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics invite faculty, staff, students and alumni of CHHS to attend a health policy seminar on Monday, April 14th, from noon to 1:30 in Mason Hall, D005.

 Dr. Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will give a presentation titled The Role of the Affordable Care Act in Reducing Disparities.

 Over 7 million Americans have signed up for coverage via the Marketplace, and more than 3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.  Before open enrollment, more than half of the uninsured were racial and ethnic minorities.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents an opportunity to reduce this disparity. It also includes efforts to improve health care quality, population health, and access to care by strengthening the healthcare workforce. Dr. James will discuss the potential for the ACA to reduce disparities, highlight specific provisions aimed at reducing these disparities, and provide an introduction to the CMS Office of Minority Health and its current activities.

 A light lunch will be served. No RSVP is necessary. Please contact Alice Hreiz at 703-993-9490 or with any questions.

HAP-CHPRE Seminar Flyer April 14th

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:

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting


Annual Research Meeting (ARM)

June 8-10, 2014 | San Diego Convention Center | San Diego

For more than 30 years, AcademyHealth’s ARM has been the premier forum for health services research, where more than 2,400 attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world.

The ARM program is designed for health services researchers, providers, key decision makers, clinicians, graduate students, and research analysts.

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.

The 6th National Medical Home Summit

6thmedicalhomesummitlogoThe Sixth National Medical Home Summit, co-hosted by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), will bring together the leading authorities and practitioners in the medical home field to discuss how it is working, where it has proven outcomes, what lessons have been learned, where it needs improvement, and what issues and challenges lie ahead.

Two preconferences will highlight various recognition/ accreditations programs and lessons from mature medical homes, respectively, followed by a joint plenary session with the National Population HealthColloquium. Medical Home plenary sessions will feature the 20-year accomplishments of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), the patient voice, current research, the new PCPCC report on the medical neighborhood, employer and union support of the PCMH, State initiatives, oral health, and more. Three afternoon mini summits provide an in-depth look at workforce, medical neighborhood, and health plan support issues and a training program. The training program allows for a deeper dive into the subject matter and includes preconference readings, an online course, and an online exam as well as required participation in one of the preconferences and the main Summit. Candidates earn a certificate of completion with a score of 70% or better on the exam.

quick question

What impact does social media have on health policy?


WHPI 2014 Planning is underway. Details available soon!

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