News & Events

  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

NIHCM

NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar entitled "Controlling Health Care Spending: The Imperative to Act and Diverse Views of the Road Forward" on February 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM (EST).

The U.S. now spends $2.5 trillion annually on health care, accounting for well over 17 percent of GDP and growing rapidly with challenging fiscal consequences. Despite the imperative to control spending, we face much uncertainty about how to move to a more sustainable path. Political opposition threatens implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and many of its cost-control measures are still unproven. A long-term fix for Medicare physician payment remains elusive. The trigger mechanism activated by the failure of the Super Committee is poised to affect myriad health programs, but decisions on the specific cuts await sure-to-be intense congressional negotiations. And the many ideas for entitlement reform that were advanced during deficit reduction talks continue to generate much debate but little consensus.

To shed light on these complex issues, this webinar featured presentations from leading health policy experts:

  • James C. Capretta, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Michael E. Chernew, Harvard Medical School
  • Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Julie A. Schoenman, NIHCM Foundation

Presentation topics will include:

  • health spending growth and the implications for government budgets, employers and individuals
  • the societal trade-offs we face as health spending grows and as we think about ways to control spending
  • alternative viewpoints on the viability of cost control approaches now being tried and the most promising options for the future

 

 
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