Reflections on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life...

Progress Made, More Needed in Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

Recently, CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) released a new report on the progress of the Financial Alignment Initiative. Through this initiative, thirteen states are running demonstration projects focused on improving care for vulnerable Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid,...

Patient-Centered Care? We Have a Long Way to Go

On April 4, my 73-year-old mother had back surgery. It was a difficult and lengthy procedure and, unfortunately, she experienced a series of post-operative complications. She remained in the hospital for 12 days, and for several of those days things...

Springtime and HST: When It Rains It Pours

It is Washington in April and the last year of the Obama administration and so – not unexpectedly – it has been a major week for health care policy proposals and rule changes; over 2,400 pages worth of proposals and...

At the Intersection of Income Inequality and Geography: A Case for a Broad Approach to Health

For several decades, data has shown a trend toward the concentration of poverty and increasing income inequality in major cities across America. Take New York City for example, a metropolitan area often cited to demonstrate some of the highest gaps...

Under the MACRA-Scope: Why Should Consumers Care?

In the next few weeks, we expect the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to release a proposed rule detailing their proposal for how physicians will be paid under the Medicare program.

A Treasure Trove of Data: The Starting Point for Addressing Health Disparities

The second in our National Minority Health Month blog series. In late March, the CMS Office of Minority Health released the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) tool, an interactive map that displays differences in chronic disease prevalence and outcomes among Medicare...

Community Catalyst Looks Inward and Outward in Observance of Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, organized under the auspices of the Office of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the first in a four-week series of blogs related to issues of health equity.

Behavioral/Physical Health Integration: Twin Cities Flashback

This week’s release by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) of its Report to Congress highlighted the critical importance of Medicaid in the lives of so many low-income Americans. While the report focuses on Medicaid payments to...
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