August 13 Health Care Reform News

Posted on August 13th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

10 Steps to Better Health Care

WE have reached a sobering point in our national health-reform debate. Americans have recognized that our health system is bankrupting us and that we have dealt with this by letting the system price more and more people out of health care…Yes, many European health systems have done it, but we are not Europe. And evidence that places like the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota or the Cleveland Clinic are doing it is likewise dismissed because their unique structures (for example, their physicians work on salary rather than being paid for each service) make them seem as far from Middle America as Sweden is.

 

NY Times by Atul Gawande, Donald Berwick, Elliott Fisher and Mark McClellan

 

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TOP STORIES

Alan Frumin May Rise from Obscurity to Craft Senate Health Bill

The Bloomberg Report

August 13, 2009

 

The central figure in Congress’s struggle to craft health care legislation may be someone who’s neither a Democratic nor Republican lawmaker or an elected official of any kind; he’s Alan Frumin, Senate parliamentarian.

 

Understanding How Americans View Health Reform

The New England Journal of Medicine

August 13, 2009

 

On health care issues, public support for change is shaped by the interaction of three factors: people’s perception of problems that affect the country, their assessment of their own current life situation, and their worries about their own future.

 

Is This 1994 All Over Again?

The Washington Post

August 13, 2009

 

An interview with Nancy-Ann DeParle'.

 

 

INSURANCE

Administrative Expenses of Health Plans

BCBS

August 13, 2009

 

Hitting back against claims that 30 percent of premiums pay for administrative costs, a new report that surveyed 36 plans showed only 9 percent of premiums went to cover admin costs.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

The Debt and Health Care Reform

ABC News

August 13, 2009

Increasingly, citizens at town hall meetings are expressing concern over the government’s ability to pay for health care reform without adding to the deficit.

Health Reform Rhetoric Gets Personal for Britons

The Washington Post

August 13, 2009

 

Allegations lobbed at Britain's state-funded health care services have British health officials saying they are misleading, exaggerated, and sometimes just plain wrong.

 

 

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

End-Of-Life Provision Loses Favor

The Wall Street Journal

August 13, 2009

 

A furor over a provision for government-paid counseling to plan for end-of-life care is steering lawmakers away from the issue

 

Four Ways Health Reform Can Improve Patient Medication Adherence

Healthleaders Media

August 13, 2009

 

Improving adherence is a significant link to addressing health reform.

 

 

STATE NEWS

Connecticut Officials Seek End to Increases in Health Insurance Rates

The Hartford Courant

August 13, 2009

Connecticut officials are calling for major changes in how rate increases are granted on individual health insurance policies.

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Health Care Reform 2009

The New England Journal of Medicine

August 13, 2009

 

As a nation we will be far better off with meaningful health care reform than without it.

 

American’s Aren’t Going to Buy Health Care Spin Mr. President

USA Today

August 13, 2009

Why is President Obama letting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress run health care reform into the ground?

 

Obama Injects Himself into Health Talks Despite Risks

The New York Times

August 12, 2009

 

In pursuing his proposed overhaul of the health care system, President Obama has consistently presented himself as aloof from the legislative fray; however, now he’s more involved in negotiating deals with industry.

 

Poll:  Health Care Views Take Sympathetic Tilt

USA Today

August 13, 2009

 

In a survey of 1,000 adults taken Tuesday, 34 percent say demonstrations at the hometown sessions have made them more sympathetic to the protesters' views. 

 

Why the Democrats are on Their Way to Blowing Health Care - Again

Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

August 12, 2009

 

The Democrats chose partisanship over bipartisanship. 

 

 

MEDIA AND ADVERTISING

Americans For Stable Quality Care

American Coalition

August 13, 2009

 

A new coalition has been formed, funded largely by PhRMA that could spend tens of millions of dollars in just a couple months to give the White House air coverage.

 

Health Care For America Now Expands Advertising in Six States

Health Care For America Now

August 13, 2009

 

National Campaign continues to urge key members of congress to support health care reform now.

 

 

EMPLOYERS

Plan B for Business Groups:  Going Negative

Politico

August 13, 2009

 

Town halls could give cover to some big business players, who’ve shied away from challenging the White House, to turn their guns on the reform agenda and kill it - just like they did more than a decade ago.

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Modern Medicine:  How Technology Will Transform Health Care Delivery

Fortune

August 13, 2009

 

How health care and technology industries can be brought together to solve one of this country’s greatest fundamental issues remains to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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