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New Initiative to Improve Care & Lower Cost

Today, ITUP staff joined CMS as they announced the launch of a new initiative, Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Cost. This public-private partnership aims to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care by making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. Ultimately, the initiative sets out […] more

UCLA Health Policy Center’s New Blog

Today, UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, the office that gives us analysis of the California Health Interview Survey and supplies California with the most accurate estimates of the insured and uninsured alike, launches its new blog, Health DATAbytes. We at ITUP drafted a guest blog for Health DATAbytes that […] more

California Exchange Board to Meet Next Week

JUST IN! The first meeting of Board the California Health Benefit Exchange is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 20th at 10:00 am in Sacramento. Here is the meeting agenda. And for more, check out the new CA Exchange website. more

Federal Budget Deal Includes Health Cuts

Late last Friday night, on the verge of the first federal government shutdown in 15+ years, President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, and Congressman John Boehner agreed to a budget for the rest of 2011. The agreement contains $38 billion less spending compared to last year’s budget. Thirty-four percent (34%) of […] more

Health Care Crisis Hits Home

I’ve recently befriended an amazing woman, Mona Motwani, a former civil rights attorney who is currently in the midst of a great struggle for her health and life. In late 2005, Mona started feeling sick with ambiguous symptoms and became so ill by the fall of 2007 that she could […] more

Focus is Squarely on Budget Crisis… in DC

For the past three months, attention in Sacramento has been affixed on the state’s $26.6 billion budget shortfall, the recently passed cuts that will shrink the deficit in half, Republican’s unwillingness to allow voters to decide on tax extensions, and the Governor’s deliberations on what to do next. Recently, however, […] more

Promoting Reform Through Payment Restructuring

As part of our Delivery System Reform Issue Workgroup, ITUP recently produced this white paper that discusses, among others, opportunities 
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 savings and improvement in care by imposing various, novel reforms and payment techniques in Medi-Cal, Medicare, Health Families and private insurance. Alternative […] more

Unemployment Rate Hits 2-Year Low

The US Labor Department announced that March 2011 unemployment numbers dipped to 8.8% with the addition of 216,000 jobs, exceeding the expected 190,000. The unemployment rate in February was 8.9%, and the rate decreased by a full percentage point over the last four months, the sharpest drop since 1983. While […] more

HHS Releases Long-Awaited ACO Rule

Yesterday, the Department of Health & Human Services issued this proposed regulation for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), part of the ACA’s Medicare Shared Savings Program. An ACO generally is a group of health care professionals (ideally, in concert with a health plan) that receive and distribute payments, provide care coordination, […] more

County LIHP Proposals: Summary and Analysis

Introduction A significant component of the new §1115 Waiver, the Low Income Health Program (LIHP) presents California counties an opportunity to receive tens of millions of dollars in federal matching funds to provide coverage for their medically indigent adult (MIA) populations.  In essence, the LIHP is an early start to […] more