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2012

National Health Policy Forum

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Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes: Fqhcs And Community Clinics In A Reformed Health Care Market, Jessamyn Taylor Dec 2012

Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes: Fqhcs And Community Clinics In A Reformed Health Care Market, Jessamyn Taylor

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Supreme Court’s related decision have significantly shifted the health care landscape for safety net providers. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are a mainstay of primary care for the uninsured and those with limited access to care. This paper focuses on the impact of health reform on FQHCs given the significant federal investment in them through grants, Medicaid, and Medicare reimbursement. Where noteworthy, the effect on non-FQHC community clinics is also discussed. The implications of Medicaid coverage expansions (or lack thereof in states that choose not to expand), Medicaid ...


Community Health Workers: A Front Line For Primary Care?, Lisa Sprague Sep 2012

Community Health Workers: A Front Line For Primary Care?, Lisa Sprague

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Among the potential changes invoked in discussions on health system transformation, a need to revitalize primary care remains paramount. One way of doing this, most agree, is to move more in the direction of team-based care. Professionals such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners may be able to ease some of the physician’s clinical care load, but some populations also need help accessing services and basic health education in a familiar setting. Enter the community health worker (CHW), known by many titles and playing a variety of roles, who comes from the community he or she is serving and ...


Health Professions Education And Professional Obligations, Lisa Sprague Apr 2012

Health Professions Education And Professional Obligations, Lisa Sprague

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While there are differences in academic degree and length of time spent preparing to practice, all health professionals must meet certain requirements to commence and remain in practice in the United States. This Basic outlines the educational requirements of the various professions and the processes designed to demonstrate continuing competence in practice.


Long-Term Services And Supports (Ltss): Arlington County's Integrated Approach, Carol O'Shaughnessy, Lisa Sprague Apr 2012

Long-Term Services And Supports (Ltss): Arlington County's Integrated Approach, Carol O'Shaughnessy, Lisa Sprague

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The National Health Policy Forum sponsored a local site visit looking at community-based aging programs and long-term services and supports (LTSS) in Arlington County, Virginia. Arlington County human services are integrated under an umbrella agency in the Department of Human Services (DHS) which administers multiple programs for the elderly and people with disabilities. These include the Older Americans Act services, Medicaid LTSS, transportation services, a nursing case management program, and mental health services for those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Arlington County integrates its aging and disability programs under the auspices of an Administration on Aging-funded Aging ...


Recent Proposals To Limit Medigap Coverage And Modify Medicare Cost Sharing, Kathryn Linehan Feb 2012

Recent Proposals To Limit Medigap Coverage And Modify Medicare Cost Sharing, Kathryn Linehan

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As policymakers look for savings from the Medicare program, some have proposed eliminating or discouraging “first-dollar coverage” available through privately purchased Medigap policies. Medigap coverage, which beneficiaries obtain to protect themselves from Medicare’s cost-sharing requirements and its lack of a cap on out-of-pocket spending, may discourage the judicious use of medical services by reducing or eliminating beneficiary cost sharing. It is estimated that eliminating such coverage, which has been shown to be associated with higher Medicare spending, and requiring some cost sharing would encourage beneficiaries to reduce their service use and thus reduce program spending. However, eliminating first-dollar coverage ...


Older Americans Act Of 1965: Programs And Funding, Carol O'Shaughnessy Feb 2012

Older Americans Act Of 1965: Programs And Funding, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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This document offers a basic description of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Act is considered the major vehicle for promoting the delivery of social services to the aging population. The Act's seven titles and multiple programs are described, along with a chart showing fiscal year 2012 federal appropriations.