ACO Final Rule

Accountable Care Organization Final Rule Released An important final rule was released today by Administration officials on a key concept, Accountable Cares Organizations, that garnered bi-partisan support during the health reform debate. Both parties believe in delivery system reform, but have alternative approaches in doing so. An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a network of…

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A “One Size Fits All” Benefits Package?

Arguably the largest portion of the health reform legislation was dedicated to the insurance market reforms.   At the time the bill was passed nearly two years ago, there were approximately 46 million uninsured Americans, and the law is projected to cover some 30 million by the year 2019.  Those sections focusing on insurance reforms impact…

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OUT-CLASSED?

A critical piece of the health reform legislation was dropped earlier this week by Obama Administration officials due to cost concerns–a recurring theme of late as the Super Committee struggles to find savings, and the American economy struggles with stagnation due to economic uncertainty.  This is largely due to rising health care costs and entitlement…

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GOP Candidates Need Polish on Health Care

GOP candidates sparred last night over multiple issues including health care, and predictably, most of the time was spent attacking Governor Romney instead of focusing on the true problem – the fact that health care costs are rising at unsustainable rates. Serious conversations are necessary.   As Federal spending continues to rise, particularly among entitlement programs,…

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Health Reform Explained

A Regulation with Bi-Partisan Support?

An important final rule was released today by Administration officials on a key concept, Accountable Cares Organizations, that garnered bi-partisan support during the health reform debate. Both parties believe in delivery system reform, but have alternative approaches in doing so.    An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a network of doctors and hospitals that share responsibility…

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A Supreme Choice?

If you have been following the news you  have probably heard about several legal cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   These challenges began at the state level, with 26 states participating in lawsuits challenging the legality of several key provisions.  Those most prevalent include the individual mandate which requires individuals to purchase insurance,…

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Some thoughts on Medicare…

Last week I had the opportunity to appear on a local talk radio show to talk about the impact of health reform on Senior citizens. It is a timely topic, since it is election season and campaign ads are airing in my state and others on this subject.  Most of these ads are focused on the…

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Supreme Court to Hear ACA Challenges

In a huge development this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has indicated they will hear oral arguments from both sides on the legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Expected to occur in March, 2012, this represents victory for opponents of the law, and should hopefully provide certainty…

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Exclusive analysis: The Cost and Benefit of the ACA

Executive Summary The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare was passed as a legislative effort to address America’s crumbling health care system.  Two crucial problems of cost and access to care, due to a dramatically large number of uninsured, fueled the debate.  Out of this nearly two year process came…

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Boots on the Ground in Iowa

Republican presidential candidates will debate this evening in Des Moines, Iowa at 9 pm Eastern Time.  Since we are within a month of the Iowa Caucus, several candidates will be making appearances all over the State meeting with numerous Iowans. Since this writer has extensive knowledge working in Iowa politics, it felt natural to attend tonight’s…

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