Public Policy Roundup

<img class="size-medium wp-image-3730 aligncenter" src="" alt=" 20160902_195631 "width =" 300 "height =" 169 "/> A special edition of late summer Public Policy Weekly clips bringing the best national, state and private health items of the week, here are our choices:


Patients in team practices with integrated behavioral health have better outcomes, lower costs.

2 / 3ds of voters want presidential candidates to address access / accessibility and the future of Medicare.

Nearly a third of counties may have a single insurer ACA Exchange next year.

CMS proposes better risk adjustment and other measures to strengthen ACA exchanges .

CMS has published a list of health IT providers who support comprehensive primary care practices .

CDC reported that at least 20% of adults in each state, and up to 35% in four states, are obese.

Approximately half of the physicians received electronic data from outside their office at the point of service in 2015.

Varicella rates decreased by 85% after the introduction of two-dose varicella vaccines in 2006.

Most adults screened positive for depression do not receive care and most of those who receive care have not done any screening.

The opioid abuse is increasingly linked to the risk of heart infections.

The listing of prescribers in drug monitoring programs varies widely, says Pew Charitable Trusts.

FDA will require new canalisations on product labels for opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines.

Pediatricians want states to stop offering exemptions to those with non-medical objections to vaccination .

Hospitals use virtual reality to treat multiple conditions ranging from acute pain to Alzheimer's disease.

University of Michigan found telemedicine can be used to prevent diabetic retinopathy.

The Medical Expiry Panel Survey could be used to develop measures of "Healthy Weather Results" .

Physicians spend nearly half of their time working in DSS and office work and only 27% with patients.

The SGC announced proposed payment adjustments to the EHR Incentive Program at the Hospital .

CMS appointed Andrey Ostrovsky as Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid & CHIP.


AHRQ says that Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Minnesota have the best quality care.

A new LTSS managed resource center supports state rate setting for the managed LTSS service.

Alabama failed to pass long-term funding to deal with the state's $ 85 million Medicaid deficit.

California limits charges when consumers unknowingly see off-grid providers in network facilities.

Florida published a statewide transition plan to comply with the federal requirements for HCBS.

Florida approved ACA premium increases averaging 19% for next year.

Georgia published three proposals outlining options for the expansion of Medicaid.

Iowa Medicaid-managed care has saved $ 22 million, according to critics, mainly because of denial of payments and services.

Texas HHS has begun a massive restructuring that will bring five agencies into three.

Washington State saw higher utilization rates for enrollees in its dual FFS dual demonstration.


Americans of the middle class experienced the largest increase in medical expenses.

Workplace Wellness Plans may offer the best opportunity to improve access to behavioral health services.

Grant assists Seton Hill University in training health care employees to meet the needs of the regional workforce.

Other employers begin to offer benefits related to autism .

Many schemes provided by employers still have barriers to counseling and addiction services.

Geisinger Executive Vice President and COO, Frank Trembulak, retired last week.

The study's links increased the employer's health costs to the lack of birth control .

Anthem and Joint Commission aligned quality recognition criteria for care coordination .

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Paul Cotton is the director of federal affairs. He is working on health reform and other initiatives to improve the quality of health care. Previously, he was a representative of the AARP Senior Legislative Lobbying Congress and the Administration on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Health Reform, and Quality Improvement Issues. He has also worked at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as an auditor and director of policy presentation at the Office of Legislation, and as a journalist for publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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