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  • Health Entitlement Spending: A Growing Threat

    With another presidential election on the horizon, the perennial debate over reforming federal entitlement programs has already begun to resurface. Policy prescriptions are bound to vary along the political spectrum, but failing to come to agreement and act will threaten our long-term fiscal health.

  • Hospital consolidation has dramatically increased in recent years, and studies have shown that hospital mergers and acquisitions result in rising prices, less competition and an increase in hospital negotiating power. Are health care “goliaths” increasingly dictating the prices and premiums we pay?

  • HealthNow New York is sponsoring a program to bring professional athletes into schools to demonstrate the importance of physical fitness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released survey results showing that e-cigarette use is high among teens.

  • The Obama administration is poised to fundamentally change how we pay for health care in this country. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set a goal that by 2018 half of Medicare’s payments to health care providers will be based on the quality of the care delivered, not the number of services provided.

  • Uncontrolled pediatric asthma accounts for over 600,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. each year and is responsible for the highest total costs of any preventable pediatric hospitalizations.

  • A new challenge to the ACA is headed to the Supreme Court on March 4th, and the decision will determine the fate of federal health insurance subsidies in the 34 states that opted not to set up their own exchanges.

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NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar, "Identifying and Treating Maternal Depression: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans" on December 9th.  This webinar explored the prevalence of maternal depression and the current state of screening for perinatal and postpartum depression.  It included a discussion of the recent recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for the treatment of women with depression during pregnancy.  The role of primary care providers in identifying and managing postpartum depression was also discussed and a web-based training program to educate providers on screening, diagnosis, treatment and referral for postpartum depression was shared.  Finally, the session highlighted a current health plan program to identify and manage depression during pregnancy and coordinate care following a depression diagnosis to ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

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