In a push to encourage “personal responsibility,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved work requirements as a condition for receiving Medicaid benefits in four states - Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, and most recently New Hampshire, with applications from other states pending. In a new JAMA Viewpoint, Harald Schmidt and Allison Hoffman review the implications and ethics of Medicaid work requirements and other personal responsibility policies. They propose safeguards CMS should consider to minimize risk and protect beneficiaries’ health.
At LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium, participants in the panel “The Future of Payment Reform” characterized and evaluated different alternative payment models (APMs) such as bundled payments and accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Federal policies have failed to recognize that opioid use disorder is a chronic disease and not a crime. It is time to let public health take the lead on the opioid epidemic. The country must implement evidence-based public health policies that end the war and start the healing.
The recent rule change by the Trump administration that makes it easier for employers to refuse to include free contraceptive services in their health insurance plans taps into a wider debate about privileging religious and moral freedom over other interests in policy. In a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Viewpoint, Ronit Stahl and LDI Senior Fellow Holly Fernandez Lynch describe how policymakers have competing duties to protect religious and moral freedom (conscience) while serving other needs of people with different beliefs (access).
Reforming Medicare to protect the health of an aging and vulnerable population is a pressing policy concern. To share some perspective, Dr. Mary Naylor led a panel entitled “Shaping the Future of Medicare” at Penn LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium.
LDI’s 50th anniversary symposium convened a panel to elucidate key questions for the future of value frameworks—what does value mean to different stakeholders in the health care system? How should payers, doctors, and patients appraise the value of the care they receive? What does the future hold for value frameworks in the United States?
An interdisciplinary panel of experts from health care management, economics, and nursing came together at LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium to discuss their perspectives on how “organizational innovation” can be used to redesign health care systems and care delivery.
PolicyLab Director David Rubin and Health Policy Director Ahaviah Glaser, along with Cindy Mann, partner at Manatt and former director for Medicaid and CHIP at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Omar Woodard, executive director of the GreenLight Fund in Philadelphia, participated in a panel that focused on bringing children into the federal health policy conversation, one in which they have largely been left out.
Moderated by Dave Grande, the session focused on ways to integrate clinical and non-clinical services, examined policies promoting health, and encouraged unique partnerships and opportunities for strategic innovation.