States' stances on Medicaid appear to affect access, Commonwealth Fund suggests

According to the Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey, differences in cost and access for the four largest states of Texas, California, Florida, and New York stem from a variety of factors, including whether states have expanded eligibility for Medicaid, each  state’s uninsured rate prior to the Affordable Care Act taking effect, differences in the cost protections provided by private health insurance, and demographics.

Report examines key drivers of healthcare cost growth in the U.S.

A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center that examines key drivers of health care costs in the United States concludes that although many experts think that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will decrease the number of uninsured Americans and encourage higher quality care, as well as help control costs, further action is needed in order to slow the rate of healthcare cost growth in the U.S.
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MAP has released list of quality and efficiency measures being considered for 2012

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Measure Applications Partnership has released the list of quality and efficiency measures the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering adopting in 2012, according to AHA News Now.
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Over 2,000 hospitals join Partnership for Patient Safety Initiative

Nearly 4,500 organizations, including over 2,000 hospitals, have pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, the Obama Administration’s new nationwide patient safety initiative, according to a press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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$40 Million available to prevent chronic diseases

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will be granting $40 million to help prevent chronic diseases and promote good health, according to a press release. This initiative was created by the Affordable Care Act, and addresses the nation’s five leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.
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