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Slow spending, improve quality | Moving from fee-for-service to integrated delivery key to Medicare reform
By Gail Wilensky | November 02, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With so much attention being given to healthcare reform—which unfortunately seems to have morphed into health insurance reform—it's essential to remember the importance of reforming Medicare as well.
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Don't take it for granted | Medicare reform must address most serious problem—inadequate benefits
By Bruce Vladeck | November 02, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Just as in 1993, when the architects of health reform initially took Medicare for granted and then scrambled to address beneficiaries' concerns, Washington finds itself caught up in the fog of hysteria, misinformation, anxiety and downright dishonesty that so often afflicts Medicare politics.
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Mission Medicare | Opinion Leaders mull Medicare changes like drug price leverage, advisory council
By Jessica Zigmond | November 02, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In its 44-year history, Medicare has been effective at providing access to medical care and predictable coverage for its beneficiaries. Now it’s time for the federal program to use its purchasing leverage to improve quality and control costs, say healthcare experts who participated in the most recent Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders survey.
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Expanding the universe | As Congress mulls policy changes to expand access, healthcare Opinion Leaders offer their take
By Rebecca Vesely | July 27, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
There's a shared sense of urgency to enact comprehensive healthcare reform this year, but views vary on how to get there, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders survey.
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Seizing the moment | Real healthcare reform for all within reach that includes public option
By Rep. Tammy Baldwin | July 27, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare for all is a part of the American dream that has gone unfulfilled since 1945 when President Harry S. Truman first proposed it. How many people have suffered; how many families have been bankrupted; how many business plans have been deferred; how many futures have been denied because we do not have affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for all?
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Tweaks, not overhaul | Responsible approach to reform will include choices, insurance innovations
By Rep. Michael Burgess | July 27, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Congress is well under way with the consideration of healthcare reform bills that will make significant changes to our country's health insurance system. There is near universal agreement—on both sides of the aisle—that something must be done.
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Uniquely American solution | Collaboration, leadership required to bring change
By Karen Ignagni | April 27, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Significant consensus has emerged that healthcare reform, which has eluded our nation for almost a century, should be enacted this year, and that bold changes are necessary to ensure high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
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Change the microenvironment | Delivery system reform essential to controlling costs
By Francis J. Crosson | April 27, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
U.S. healthcare costs are excessive, both by international benchmarks and, by inference, from observation of the degree of cost variation within the U.S. as demonstrated in the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.
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Dear Mr. President, | Opinion leaders offer the Obama administration their take on what healthcare priorities need to be, with most respondents in favor of a national health insurance exchange to expand coverage
By Matthew DoBias | January 19, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A blueprint for healthcare reform, shaped by political leaders inside the Beltway and pursued by incoming President Barack Obama, has garnered the much-needed support of healthcare leaders outside of Washington—the very ones who will be tasked to turn policy into practice.
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Road to reform | Efforts must address cost, quality, access
By Sen. Max Baucus | January 19, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
America faces grave challenges in healthcare. Today, about 45 million Americans are left uninsured and 25 million more don’t have enough insurance to keep their medical bills from putting them at risk of bankruptcy. Still, the U.S. spends $2 trillion a year on healthcare—a number that is expected to double in the next 10 years.
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The Minnesota way | Blueprint can help nation achieve cost, quality goals
By Gov. Tim Pawlenty | January 19, 2009 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Our country faces a time of unprecedented challenges. In Minnesota, as in many states, the economic crisis means that difficult decisions confront us as we grapple with an imminent, extensive budget shortfall. But, this is also a time of great opportunity. As we weather this storm, we can improve the efficiency of our government and our systems so that we emerge stronger as a nation, and as individuals.
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