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High-Deductible Health Plans

As high-deductible health plans become increasingly prevalent in both group and individual markets, it remains to be seen how they will affect health care access and outcomes.  FEBRUARY 4, 2016
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Transparency in Clinical Research

Recent policy initiatives focus on improving the use of clinical research for patients, providers, and health systems.  JANUARY 14, 2016
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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Every five years the federal government publishes recommendations intended to shape people's diets based on the latest research.  DECEMBER 14, 2015
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Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is testing how to pay providers for episodes of care instead of for individual services.  NOVEMBER 23, 2015
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Enforcing Mental Health Parity

Five years after the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act took effect, access to equal benefits and qualified providers remains elusive for many insured Americans.  NOVEMBER 9, 2015
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Physician Compare (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published December 11, 2014.

The Affordable Care Act requires the federal government to post information about physician performance and quality of care on a public website. How's it developing?  OCTOBER 29, 2015
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Navigators and Assisters in the Third Open Enrollment Period

Navigators and in-person assisters continue to play a key role in helping consumers get coverage through the insurance Marketplaces.  SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
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Rebalancing Medicaid Long-Term Services And Supports

Shifting away from primarily financing institutional care, Medicaid is supporting more flexible community-based long-term services and supports.  SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
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