Ebola: A Recurring Epidemic by Treniese Polk

September 24, 2014. In this article, Treniese Polk, CHPRE Project Manager, discusses the Ebola epidemic, gives context for the patient experience in a health system of a developing country, and explains how infectious diseases thrive under the climate and conditions of developing health systems, thus propelling epidemics. At the close of the article, Polk proposes forward-thinking strategies to combat future epidemics.

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Debate on Affordable Care Act

Sept. 22, 2014, Bristol, TN.  Len Nichols  moderated a panel at the event sponsored by Wellmont Health Systems, Appalachian School of Law, and the Sorenesen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA.  The topic was entitled “From Policy to Implementation with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  How do We Get There?”  To read more about the event click  here


Recent Court Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Len Nichols recently joined other health policy experts at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health ​to discuss  recent court decisions about legality of subsidies in state marketplaces. Watch video here.

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Tracking Revenue Flows of the ACA for Virginia

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Len Nichols conducted a Virginia Medicaid Webinar ,  Tracking Revenue Flows of the ACA for Virginia, on September 9th, for the Virginia Health Information Network (VHIN).
The VHIN is an online learning community administered by the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. You must join in order to access the webinar, which is free. Creating a profile takes just a few minutes. Once you are logged in to the Network, you can access the webinar page via the “Announcements” section at the top of your member home page, or under “Learn” in the top navigation. To join click 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


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The Affordable Care Act as Translational Research

Editorial  by Harry P. Selker, William H. Frist, and Stuart H. Altman

Primarily created to expand healthcare access, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has secondary features that all researchers should be excited for. The authors note that the ACA creates flexible provisions to innovate in many dimensions of healthcare delivery: payment, care coordination, information technology, and organizational structure. After an easy-to-digest overview of the main functions of the ACA, this article encourages informing the American public of the value of policy experimentation (much like biomedical experimentation) to improve healthcare for everyone.  Read article here.


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