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Increasing Competition and Choice

  • By
  • David Balto,
  • New America Foundation
  • and James Kovacs
March 6, 2014
For much of the past decade, Congress, regulators, and industry lobbyists have played a game of cat and mouse when it comes to how the Medicare prescription drug program (“Part D”) is administered. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) once again considering new rules around Medicare prescription drug coverage plans; a new white paper from New America addresses the following:

Avoidable Ignorance: Patient Decision Aids and Shared Decision Making

  • By
  • Shannon Brownlee,
  • Vanessa Hurley,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ben Moulton, JD. MPH; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
January 11, 2013

Every medical treatment comes with the possibility of both benefits and harms. Understanding these tradeoffs is particularly important in the case of elective tests and procedures, where more than one reasonable treatment option exists and medical evidence does not point to a particular treatment choice as the “right” one. Such treatments are often called “preference-sensitive” because the rate at which they are delivered is sensitive to, or in part depends upon the patient or the provider’s preference.

Making (and Breaking) the Health-Wealth Connection

  • By
  • Leif Wellington Haase,
  • New America Foundation
April 27, 2011

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), if implemented as passed, will improve the financial security of Californians, and in particular that of low and middle-income Californians. While reducing the strain of medical bills and health insurance costs on family budgets is a major aim of the legislation, it also offers tools to individuals and communities as they attempt to reduce the “upstream” cost of poor health.

The ACA bridges the health-wealth connection in four major ways:

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February 3, 2011

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The Law Behind Health Reform

October 15, 2010

With legal challenges to the health care reform law moving forward, a brief from the New America Foundation's Health Policy Program, The Law Behind Health Reform, explores the legal and Constitutional dimensions of the legislation, with a focus on the individual mandate and penalty for not buying "minimum essential coverage." This brief clarifies the legal arguments and judicial history and concludes that the Obama administration has the law on its side.

New Insurance Provisions & the Six Month Mark

  • By
  • Allison Levy,
  • New America Foundation
September 23, 2010

Sept. 23, 2010 marks the six-month anniversary of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A number of new insurance protections will be effective for all health insurance plans beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2010, marking the next phase of health care reform implementation.

Over time, all consumers will benefit from the provisions in the new health care reform law; however, depending on an individual’s specific employer, insurance plan, and existing state regulations, the benefits will be felt at different times and to a different extent.

California Task Force on Affordable Care

  • By
  • Micah Weinberg,
  • Leif Wellington Haase,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2010

The passage of federal healthcare reform is a landmark achievement. It extends insurance coverage to millions of Californians and sets the stage for transforming how medical care is delivered. This legislation is an important first step toward addressing ever-growing medical costs and making healthcare truly affordable.

Grand Junction, Colorado

  • By
  • Julie Barnes,
  • Len Nichols,
  • Micah Weinberg,
  • New America Foundation
August 12, 2009

It is possible to delivery higher quality care at lower costs in the U.S. health care system. We have to look no further than Grand Junction, CO to prove it is possible. In 2006, average Medicare spending per enrollee in Grand Junction was $5,800, about 30 percent lower than the national average of $8,300 and more than 60 percent lower than high-cost areas like McAllen, Texas.

Realigning U.S. Health Care Incentives to Better Serve Patients and Taxpayers

  • By Health CEOs for Health Reform
June 12, 2009

Our Vision for Health System Reform:

The Hill Physicians Medical Group and the Baylor Health Care System

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • Tom Emswiler,
  • New America Foundation
March 25, 2009

In these case studies for The Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Nichols and Tom Emswiler examine high-performing health care systems to see how they achieve better outcomes at lower cost. Both the Hill Physicians Medical Group, an association of physicians in individual practice, and the Baylor Health Care System, a highly integrated delivery system, have successfully standardized care, implemented electronic medical records, and improved clinical outcomes.

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