Success of Kentucky’s Health Plan Comes With New Obstacles
In many ways, Kentucky, a poor state with a starkly unhealthy populace, has become a symbol of the Affordable Care Act’s potential. But as the first year of coverage ends, potential obstacles to the law’s success are also coming into sharp relief here.
ACA Can Help Smokers Quit, Experts Write
A perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine
affirms that provisions of the Affordable Care Act will allow improved coverage of smoking cessation tools, which could be a big boost in the number of smokers planning to quit.
FDA Approves Weight-Management Drug Saxenda
The drug Saxenda has been approved as a treatment option for chronic weight management for adults who are overweight or obese in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.
Dilemma Over Deductibles: Costs Crippling Middle Class
The size of the average deductible more than doubled in 8 years, from $584 to $1217 for individual coverage. Add to this co-pays, co-insurance and the price of drugs or procedures not covered by plans — and it's all too much for many Americans.
Assessing Patient-Centered Care Abilities of Physicians
Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a tool to test how well a doctor delivers patient-centered care by assessing whether medical students have learned and are applying the correct behaviors.
The Year in Review: Most-Read Stories of 2014
With 2014 coming to a close, The American Journal of Managed Care
is taking a look back at the most popular articles from this year. These most-read articles highlight the healthcare issues most important to providers, insurers, and policy makers.
Accenture Wins Renewed Contract to Continue Work on HealthCare.gov
After website glitches stole the spotlight during the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, CMS hired Accenture to fix HealthCare.gov. Now, the consulting firm has been awarded a 5-year, $563 million contract to continue working on the website.
Health IT-Related Adverse Event Reporting Needs Improvement
Improved and standardized reporting across healthcare organizations is needed to better understand the impact of health information technology (IT) on adverse events, according to a report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
AJAC Features Matt Salo on Medicaid After the Midterms
Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, is emerging as one of the most important observers in how the expansion of the leading healthcare program for poor Americans is unfolding across the country. In December’s issue of The American Journal of Accountable Care
, he addresses how the fallout of the 2014 midterms will affect Medicaid in the near term.
Authors Discuss How to Pay for Telehealth in Managed Care in AJMC Publications
The main barrier to widespread use of telehealth isn’t technology or consumer acceptance; it’s figuring out how to pay for it. Authors writing for The American Journal of Managed Care
and The American Journal of Accountable Care
discuss why today’s payment models for accountable care organizations are a better fit for telehealth, and why regulatory changes make sense.