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Health Care Spending Slow Again in 2010

1/11/12 – Federal analysts recently reported that health care spending growth was slow in 2010, continuing a trend that began in 2009.

Opposing Trends in Medicaid Managed Care

1/9/12 – Perhaps it’s too soon to call it a trend, but Connecticut’s decision to drop for-profit health plans from its Medicaid program is running counter to what’s happening in the rest of the country. Beginning on January 1, Connecticut Medicaid will revert back to fee for service.

Sen. Espaillat Op-Ed On “Medical Homes” Research

1/5/12 – Last October, New York Health Works highlighted the formation of a Regional Health Collaborative by New York-Presbyterian Hospital that sought to improve the health of residents in the largely Hispanic Washington Heights-Inwood community. The program, spearheaded by Dr. J. Emilio Carillo, created a network of patient-centered medical homes that linked to other providers and community-based resources.

Important Health Reform Dates for 2012

1/4/12 – Check out a Washington Post blog today that highlights five important health care implementation dates to watch this for year.

Happy New Year to All!

12/30/11 – 2011 was the inaugural year for the New York Health Works blog. We aim to keep improving in 2012 as we continue striving to be the one-stop shop for health care news and policy information in New York.

New Hope for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

12/27/11 – The New York Times published an article today on new drugs that are dramatically improving the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. In the United States, there are approximately 400,000 people living with MS. People are usually, but not exclusively diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Women are two to three times more likely to have multiple sclerosis than men.

Happy (and Healthy) Holidays!

12/23/11 – From all of us here at New York Health Works, we wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Update on the Federal Accountable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board

12/20/11 – Take a look here for the latest from Health Affairs on the federal Independent Payment Advisory Board.

HHS Issues Guidelines for States Regarding “Essential Benefits”

12/16/11 – The Department of Health and Human Services issued much anticipated guidance today that will give states flexibility in determining what “essential benefits” insurers must provide in policies offered on the new health exchanges.

Report Documents Changes in Health Insurance Coverage

12/15/11 – I came across an interesting report from the Kaiser Family Foundation today. The report examines changes in health insurance coverage over the last decade, with a focus on how the turmoil in the economy has affected the number of uninsured…One exception to the trend of uninsured adults is in the 19-25 year old age bracket.