In the twilight of his term of office, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is savoring the political fruits from a leap of faith made 15 months ago, when he spurned his Legislature and opted to expand Medicaid, citing a unique provision in Kentucky regulations. A year after the CMS visit, Beshear and his team are the subject of glowing reports, which describe how a commonwealth with a history of getting things wrong in healthcare has done just about everything right in Obamacare.
Bringing stakeholders together is the mission of AJMCLive, the meeting series of The American Journal of Managed Care. It’s reflected in the two keynote speakers for Patient-Centered Oncology Care on Nov. 14: a leader of physicians, Peter Yu, MD, the current president of ASCO; and a leader among payers, Burton VanderLaan, MD, FACP, medical director of Priority Health.
Leading political outlets report today that shifts in public opinion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or at least its components, have led US Senate campaigns to adjust ads accordingly, most notably in Arkansas. However, the changes in tone toward the ACA, often called “Obamacare,” may not change the outcome of the 2014 mid-term elections, according to published reports.