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  • Despite the potential consequences for babies, up to 10 percent of pregnant women opt to deliver through C-section or induction prior to 39 weeks gestation without medical indication. 

  • The CDC has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates.

  • Evidence has consistently shown that hospital consolidations are associated with higher prices, but preventing anti-competitive mergers has proven difficult.

  • For decades steady increases in lifestyle-related illnesses have affected our quality of life and our bottom line. With more than half of Americans now facing at least one chronic disease, the status quo is no longer acceptable. 

  • Health care is a uniquely challenging consumer experience: it can be complex and expensive but also vital and deeply personal. It’s no wonder that consumers are looking to technology to help simplify their health care choices—and businesses are increasingly meeting them with solutions.

  • Patient-centered care has at its base a very powerful concept: health care decisions should be driven by the preferences, needs and values of the patient. In this essay, Michael Millenson identifies three distinct ways of thinking about patient-centered care—ethically, economically and clinically.

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On February 14, 2011 NIHCM Foundation hosted a meeting of experts  in Washington, DC.

Risk adjustment will be a critical

mechanism for ensuring the stability of the new health insurance exchanges that will begin in 2014 and achieving the promise of health reform with respect to expanded access to insurance coverage.  Many decisions and activities will be needed,  however, between now and 2014 and even beyond in order to put an effective risk mitigation system into place, requiring close collaboration between federal and state policymakers, health insurers and other stakeholders.

 

This meeting brought together an outstanding group of 50 actuaries,  economists, federal and state policymakers, health plan representatives,  consultants and other stakeholders for a candid discussion of the challenges in developing and implementing risk adjustment under health reform and potential ways to address these challenges. Click here for meeting details.

 
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