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Delivery System Reform

Washington Post Calls on Congress to Address Mental Health, Praises Excellence in Mental Health Act

The Washington Post editorial board this week released an editorial calling on Congress to improve the nation’s mental health system. The editorial addresses the stigma [...]

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HHS Issues Final Essential Health Benefits Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services this week finalized regulations on a key element of health reform, the essential health benefits package. Background. Under [...]

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Excellence in Mental Health Act

Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and  Roy Blunt (R-MO) yesterday introduced the Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 264). This legislation would support the nation’s community [...]

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National Council Staff, Members Testify at Congressional Hearings on Mental Health

This week, several congressional committees held hearings on the U.S. mental healthcare system. The National Council congratulates our staff and members who testified at these [...]

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A Rising Trend in Integrated Care Delivery: Accountable Care Organizations

The growth of Medicaid and its emergence as a universal insurance program for low-income Americans has put pressure on state Medicaid systems to keep costs [...]

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Setting Up Health Insurance Exchanges: What Are States Doing?

Health insurance exchanges form the backbone of the private insurance reforms called for in the Affordable Care Act, as they will create a marketplace in [...]

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Coordinating Care for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries: Overview of State Proposals

The consulting firm Avalere has conducted a study of 26 state plans to integrate the delivery of, and payment for, services for individuals who are [...]

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HHS Publishes Final Rule on Data Collection in Essential Health Benefit Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a final rule outlining data collection requirements for each of the insurance plans that may be [...]

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A Look at Healthcare Reform Readiness for 2012

Infosys Public Services surveyed health plans and provider organizations about their thoughts on key imperatives for health reform readiness in 2012. The results are displayed [...]

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Two National Council Members Win CMS Health Care Innovation Grant for Integration Programs

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the first 26 Health Care Innovation grants that have been awarded, including  to two National [...]

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