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5 Things Alaska: Workforce shortage, Overdose deaths, Inflation & Medicare

| Apr 21, 2022 | Alaska

As State of Reform continues to expand and grow, we're excited to announce that we've hired a new full time reporter to cover the intersection of health care and health policy in Alaska. Shane Ersland comes to State of Reform with over 10 years of journalism experience, having most recently...[ Read More ]

Medicare and inflation

| Apr 18, 2022 | Federal

The most recent consumer price index (CPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that the rate of annual inflation from March 2021 to March 2022 was 8.5 percent -- the highest in four decades. If such rapid price escalation persists for an extended period, it will have...[ Read More ]

Princeton lecturer discusses possible funding options for a universal health care system in Washington

| Apr 15, 2022 | Washington

A Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs lecturer informed stakeholders of possible avenues for funding a universal health care system in Washington Thursday.     Dan Meuse–Deputy Director of State Health and Value Strategies of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–spoke during the Washington Universal Health Care Commission’s meeting....[ Read More ]

Implications of the President’s 2023 budget for health care

| Mar 29, 2022 | Federal

The Biden administration unveiled its updated budget plan this week, and it includes both new policies affecting health care and a re-commitment to previously-advanced initiatives. The release, which the president is required by law to send to Congress annually, covers the fiscal year 2023 (which starts on October 1 of...[ Read More ]

Background on CMMI’s Direct Contracting Model

| Feb 18, 2022 | Federal

The Biden administration has come under pressure in recent weeks to modify, or even pull back entirely, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Direct Contracting Model, which was originally developed during the Trump era. (The administration has indicated it will announce its plans for the model “soon”.) The following...[ Read More ]

Colorado Medicaid suspends new PACE enrollments at InnovAge centers follow audit findings

| Dec 30, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) suspended new enrollments into InnovAge Colorado’s Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The Department has concurrently directed a corrective action process requiring InnovAge Colorado to address patient care concerns in all their Colorado sites. The decision follows extensive...[ Read More ]