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Proposed work requirements for Medicaid in Michigan: June 7, 2018

At the start of 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major shift in federal policy that would allow states to request permission to establish, and test the impact of, work and community engagement requirements for able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid health insurance coverage. In the last five months, work requirement proposals have been approved in …

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Setting the stage for the 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is rolling back regulations around rate increases, essential health benefits, health insurance navigators, and more, for insurers offering Qualified Health Plan coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2019. On April 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for insurers offering Qualified Health Plan (QHP) coverage on the Health …

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Proposed work requirements for Medicaid in Michigan: April 20, 2018

At the start of 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a major shift in federal policy that would allow states to request permission to establish, and test the impact of, work and community engagement requirements for able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid health insurance coverage. In early March, Michigan state senators took the first step toward preparing a …

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Advancing the Profession and Sustainability of Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) strive to bridge gaps between traditional healthcare providers and the communities they serve, but the community health worker profession faces several challenges to realizing its full potential. In the fall of 2017, the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) published an issue brief that focused on the ways State Innovation Model (SIM) grants have helped …

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Bipartisan Budget Act adds $3B for substance abuse, mental health, more

The Bipartisan Budget Act was signed into law on February 9, 2018. While the main purpose of the legislation is to temporarily fund the federal government through March 23, 2018, it also includes an agreement to raise the caps on domestic and military spending for the next two years. The legislation includes many health care policies, as well. The health care …

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EHR Interoperability and Patient-Centered Care

In 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to modernize the U.S. healthcare system through the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), software systems that create a digital version of a patient’s medical chart. HITECH incentives accelerated widespread adoption of EHRs. However, the ability to exchange information between different EHRs across various healthcare …

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Creating Sustainability through Public-Private Partnerships: The Future of New Primary Care Models

As the U.S. health care system places a growing emphasis on improving the value of health care, many states and the federal government have increasingly invested in primary care to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs. Unlike “traditional” primary care settings, newer primary care models strengthen primary care providers’ role in expanding access to care and providing comprehensive, …

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Rising cost of specialty drugs in Michigan and the United States: A case example for Multiple Sclerosis

Specialty drugs continue to be a growing component of the prescription drug market and the increase in their cost has fueled increases in overall prescription drug spending. These drugs are used to treat complex and chronic medical conditions such as cancer, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis (MS), and rheumatoid arthritis. They typically require special handling, administration, and monitoring, adding to their …

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Health Care Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on November 16, 2017, and an amended version passed the U.S. Senate on December 2, 2017. Congress reconciled the differences between the two bills in a compromise conference report. While the purpose of the legislation is to reduce tax rates for businesses and individuals, it includes several major …

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