Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration announced new regulations to implement three key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They focus on insurance market reforms, standards for coverage of essential health benefits and employer-based wellness programs.
On November 16th, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hosted the “Multiple Chronic Conditions and Opportunities for PCORI Research” roundtable at the American Osteopathic Association in Washington. This event served to bring together physicians, patient advocates, patients and others from the health care sector to discuss the impact of multiple chronic conditions and the paths for future research through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a body authorized by Congress to conduct research and provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.
With the election behind us, news about health care has ramped up. Most of the news, not surprisingly, now is focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act since many key deadlines are rapidly approaching.
On Tuesday, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in collaboration with WellPoint, held a Capitol Hill Briefing titled “Partnerships in Health: Innovations in Care Delivery Models and the Role of Physician Incentives.” It was part of an ongoing effort to highlight barriers to effective prevention and management of chronic disease.
With the President’s re-election taking place on Tuesday night, the future of health reform had been a hot topic this week. As reported in Bloomberg Wednesday, major components of the Affordable Care Act will move forward in all 50 states, regardless of continued pushback from certain states. “State officials who held off implementing some aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act now face pressure to make decisions almost immediately.
With the election now in our rearview mirror and the President’s second term set to begin in January, it’s important to take a look at how this result will shape the healthcare landscape and, in particular, impact the fight against chronic disease. With near certainty, the President’s landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will continue with its full implementation and that brings with it many considerations.
Until the results are known from next week’s election, implementation of the Affordable Care Act hangs in the balance. Since the SCOTUS’ June ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have been tasked with making a decision regarding their plans for a Medicaid expansion. So far, only 19 states have finalized their decision with 13 planning to expand and 6 planning not to expand. The presidential elections will likely change that dynamic as well.
Health care spending growth was the subject of a new study released in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 12th Annual Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured report…among the most interesting results, as reported by Paul Barr of Modern Healthcare, was that “total Medicaid spending grew 2% on average across all states in fiscal 2012, the lowest rate of growth since 2006 and down from the 9.7% rate of growth in fiscal 2011.” The Kaiser report attributed some of these findings to the improved coordination of care within Medicaid populations.
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...