October 29, 2011
Slumping Support for PPACA
In Kaiser's October tracking poll, public support for PPACA has reached a new low since the law was passed, with only 34 percent of people expressing a favorable view and 51 percent an unfavorable view. The drop in popularity reflects a decline in enthusiasm among Democrats.
October 28, 2011
Robert Wood Johnson Offers Short, Animated Vidoes Explaining the Affordable Care Act
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is out this week with a fun new resource for those brave souls trying to explain and help others understand some of the elements of the Affordable Care Act. In a series of brief animated videos, key concepts from the Affordable Care Act are explained in concise, digestible fashion.
Topics covered include:
October 27, 2011
Spending More ...
A familar argument but very well made by Ezekiel Emanuel in today's New York Times, here.
"The United States, with a population a quarter of the size of China’s, spends just on health care slightly less than half of what China spends on everything."
Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate
Wendy Mariner, Jack Balkin, and Ilya Somin in a short video on the mandate, produced by NEJM, here.
October 26, 2011
HHS's Health Disparities Action Plan
Health Affairs recently had a terrific conference (and new issue) on battling health disparities. I enjoyed listening to the podcast recording of Howard Koh, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), describing his agency's Action Plan for reducing disparities. From the abstract:
The 2011 HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities not only responds to advice previously offered by stakeholders around the nation, but it also capitalizes on new and unprecedented opportunities in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to benefit diverse communities. The Action Plan advances five major goals: transforming health care; strengthening the infrastructure and workforce of the nation’s health and human services; advancing Americans’ health and well-being; promoting scientific knowledge and innovation; and upholding the accountability of HHS for making demonstrable progress.
The entire issue is well worth reading.
Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine: A National Symposium
Help fashion "best practices" with conflicts of interest experts at ASLME's "Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine: A National Symposium." This one-and-a-half day conference will feature an array of recognized national experts who will discuss, debate, and propose best practices and approaches to the problem of conflicts of interest. The conference will be held on October 27-28, 2011 at the University Club, University of Pittsburg in Pittsburgh, PA.
This conference intends to foster a cross-disciplinary perspective on pertinent issues, and by the end of the conference, attendees will (1) learn about current consensus panel recommendations regarding management of conflicts of interest, (2) be able to describe remaining challenges to regulating conflicts of interest in key areas of research and medical practice, and (3) help fashion recommendations for the key players and identify other key steps in moving forward.
Looking for Continuing Ed Credits? ASLME will be awarding 8.5 CLE and CME credits to conference attendees. Click here to register today! If you would like to learn more about this event, please read the event description or view the conference agenda.
October 25, 2011
Gardiner Harris and Robert Pear, here, have an informative piece in the New York Times on the demise of the CLASS nursing home benefit and some of its history. [NPT]
October 23, 2011
Perfect Timing for a Conference on Accountable Care Organizations
The biggest news in health care last week was the release of the ACO Final Rule, governing accountable care organizations. With a great sense of timing (and some good luck), our law review at Seton Hall is sponsoring a conference this Friday that will bring together some of the leading legal, academic, and medical experts on ACOs. (We’ve even invited an information technology expert who can address the vital role of electronic medical records in promoting quality and efficiency.)
Why care about ACOs? Here’s Jenny Gold from Kaiser Health News:
Accountable care organizations take up only seven pages of the massive new health law yet have become one of the most talked about provisions. This latest model for delivering services offers doctors and hospitals financial incentives to provide good quality care to Medicare beneficiaries while keeping down costs. A cottage industry of consultants has sprung up to help even ordinary hospitals become the first ACOs on the block.
When the draft ACO regulation was released, there were many naysayers. But as Sarah Kliff reports, the concept is now “getting a much more positive reception.” In a familiar Obama Administration pattern, the rule now“marks a victory for hospitals, clinics and large doctors’ practices that have lobbied to alter draft regulations they viewed as too burdensome and financially risky.”
The Seton Hall Law Review symposium will bring together those who are implementing and studying ACOs. For a good run down of presentation topics, check out our posts on the speakers at the Health Reform Watch blog.