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Hearsay or Fact: A Symposium on the Communication of the Affordable Care Act

Health Reform Symposium 1:00–5:00 p.m. Michigan League Ballroom University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Free and open to the public View the policy panel webcast replay here and the journalism panel webcast replay here. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) and …

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#MiACA symposium moves beyond the numbers

Numbers have become a prominent part of the Affordable Care Act vocabulary and used often to explain how the law is changing the ways health care is purchased, accessed and delivered. Just recently, media reported that more than 600,000 Michiganders had enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, during the program’s first year of operation. The number …

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Alpena to Zilwaukee: A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions in MI

Health Reform Symposium Watch the archived event webcast here. Fill out the event evaluation here. See the Storify here. Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm U-M Michigan League Ballroom 911 N. University Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48109 The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), in partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) …

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After two years, hard to call ACA anything but a success

Editor’s Note: This column was published in Bridge Magazine. It is hard to believe that as the Affordable Care Act turns five on March 23, it continues to be as controversial as it was on day one. The U.S. House of Representatives has taken 56 votes to repeal all or some of the landmark health care reform law, most recently …

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How personal advocacy influences autism policy

Co-authors Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Dr. John F. Greden, founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers and executive director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center It will take leaders like Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who are willing to speak up about their personal journey, to move public policy in …

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Creating a Learning Health State in Michigan: Working Together to Change Health Care in our State

Watch the archived event webcast here. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation brought together an assembly of stakeholders—patients, clinicians, researchers, public health professionals and payers—in Lansing, Mich., to create an action plan to innovatively and collaboratively tackle challenges affecting the health of the people of Michigan by continuous learning and improvement. Seven “actionable” theme groups met with plans to …

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We must save lives by stopping this silent killer

Co-authors Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Theodore J. Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Health System; Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Today in the United States, more than half of all hospital deaths are from something that most people have never heard of: …

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Obesity in Michigan: What Can We Do?

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine. In 1990, 14.1 percent of Michigan’s population was considered obese. Twenty years later, that rate was at 30.3 percent and has stayed fairly constant for the last few years. Michigan is one of the 10 “fattest” states in the country – one of the few northern states in the top 10. This …

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To Improve Mental Health Care in Michigan: The Need for Unprecedented Commitment and Cooperation

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine. Soon, many hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens will be obtaining mental health coverage through the Affordable Care Act—coverage that many have never had before. Our Center wanted to understand what Michiganders might be facing in terms of the need for these services and access to care. To find out, we surveyed …

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The Hunger for Debate: Communication and the Affordable Care Act

On November 4, our Center—along with the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Michigan Radio—held a symposium at the University of Michigan on communication of the Affordable Care Act. The symposium was energetic and the panelists thoughtful. But, what has been most striking to me has been the reaction we have received from those who …

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