Every Tuesday, NCQA gives a rundown of the best national, state and private sector health care articles from the week. Here are our picks for today’s Public Policy Weekly Clips.
HHS reached its goal of tying 30% of Medicare payments to quality ahead of schedule.
The Supreme Court ruled against mandatory self-insured employer all-payer claims database reporting.
Large EHR vendors & provider groups pledged to improve consumer access & stop blocking data sharing.
CMS wants to give states a 90% match to foster EHRs & data exchange for behavioral & LTSS providers.
Medicaid & CHIP enrollment is up 25% with 14.5M new enrollees since ACA coverage expansion.
Cancer drugs sold only in large vials that most patients don’t need may cause $3B in waste each year.
ASCO endorsed active surveillance guidelines for localized prostate cancer patients.
Low vitamin D levels may be associated with more aggressive prostate cancers and racial disparities.
Hospital admissions for uncontrolled diabetes without complications fell from 28-17% from 2001-12.
Hospital-acquired infections dropped in 2014, especially for central lines, but 1 in 4 were drug resistant.
COPD patients treated by NPs or PAs had fewer ED visits & higher pulmonologist follow-up rates.
Medical assistant care management improved quality of life but not hospitalizations in high-risk patients
Overweight & obese people without metabolic abnormalities still have higher risk of kidney disease.
Unintended pregnancies dropped 18% from 2008-11 but remain high for those below the poverty level.
The administration recouped $2.4B in health care anti-fraud efforts, for a more than 6-1 ROI.
California wants to tax all insurers, not just Medicaid plans, to cover Medicaid costs.
Massachusetts’s governor wants to implement Medicaid ACOs and greater LTSS oversight.
Pennsylvania issued an RFP for managed LTSS for elderly, disabled and duals.
Price transparency & direct incentives to consumer behavior have minimal effect on health spending.
Telemedicine continues to grow with a 50% increase from the previous year
52% of organizations with >1K employees offer an HDHP, but, only 6% have “full replacement.”
93% of millennials don’t do preventative doctor visits, but 60% get vision care for fashion statements.
Paul Cotton is the Director of Federal Affairs. He works on health reform and other initiatives to improve health care quality. Previously he was an AARP Senior Legislative Representative lobbying Congress and the Administration on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health reform and quality improvement issues. He has also worked at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Hearings & Policy Presentation Director in the Office of Legislation, and as a journalist for publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.