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Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

Expansion of Medicaid offers benefits far beyond improving access to care

By Dr. Georges Benjamin  |  July 25, 2015

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.

Collaboration helps vets with traumatic brain injuries heal

Collaboration helps vets with traumatic brain injuries heal

By David Hovda  |  July 04, 2015

Since 2001, nearly 320,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guard personnel have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. But if all works out, by the end of 2016 four new military sites will be providing cutting-edge care for TBI.

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

By Elliot Joseph  |  July 01, 2015

Hartford HealthCare CEO Elliot Joseph says the term "discharge" means many things as a noun and verb—none of them pleasant. It is also all too accurate when referring to the release of patients back into the disjointed U.S. healthcare system.

Addressing the nexus of housing and healthcare

Addressing the nexus of housing and healthcare

By Allyson Schwartz and Mel Martinez  |  June 17, 2015

The aging of America will impose new demands on almost every aspect of public policy. Is our retirement system prepared? And how will federal healthcare programs be affected as well as the overall health of the population? Two former lawmakers see a critical nexus between housing and healthcare.

RAC program requires major changes for improved transparency

RAC program requires major changes for improved transparency

By Dr. Ann Sheehy  |  June 09, 2015

Recovery auditors have returned an estimated $5.4 billion to the Medicare trust funds, yet providers have argued that the contingency-fee-based RAC program is fraught with inaccurate auditing and myriad inefficiencies. Such opposing views reflect a major issue plaguing the program: lack of...

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