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The Quantified State

While the throngs of zombies, ninjas and superheroes awaited Halloween with baited breath, the health policy wonks of Colorado awaited the following morning for the release of something just as sweet… the Colorado All Payer Claims Database. The release of

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Be prepared for the battle of misinformation

Yesterday’s monumental Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision assured us that there indeed would be an ongoing health reform effort in this country through the Patient-Protection Affordable Care Act. Dr. Mark Ryan has written extensively about the decisions of yesterday also on

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The healthcare aftermath of June 28, 2012: What we protected, what is missing, and what we still need to do

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After nearly 2 1/2 years of partisan misinformation, the Court has established the law’s legitimacy. This is an enormous step forward. The PPACA incorporates

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Healthcare affordability, please

In a recent poll conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, 14% of sick adults in Massachusetts were unable to get the healthcare they needed in the past year. Further, “more than 7 in 10 of those who said they

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Healthcare workforce (and access)

There are over 11 million individuals employed in healthcare, and 5 million of these healthcare professionals are providing direct care. This massive workforce continues to grow, but yet we still have issues with access to healthcare providers in our communities.

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Supporting the cause: The importance of research and partnerships

For the past several posts, we have discussed the importance of stories in moving healthcare policy. Each of these stories are precious and deserve to be told and heard. Policy makers often take great comfort in knowing what is really

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The “Money Pit” redux

Readers of this site know that just a few days ago, I wrote a post about healthcare costs and used the movie the Money Pit as an example. Today’s post is an updated “Money Pit” with new information and points

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Posted in healthcare, Innovation

No more “partialty” care in healthcare: Fighting fragmentation at the clinical level

We are rerunning this post as more and more news events are drawing the attention to healthcare costs. Let us know what you think. The current healthcare system is inherently fragmented with all the various pieces vying for attention. The

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Healthcare policy, politics, and Medicaid

Medicaid has a critically important role within the expansion of healthcare as spelled out in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). However, as a state run health program, Medicaid is often used as a political tool. It is

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How big a problem is healthcare?

A recent write up in California Healthline speaks to the amount of waste in the healthcare system and how this is a significant driver of cost. They suggest that: “1) Our health system is wasteful. 2) We must do more

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