“Family physicians know that team-based care will reduce costs & improve care for patients throughout California. That is why we are a part of HEART and are advocating for a well-designed, smart Health Benefit Exchange.”
Carol Havens, MD
President, California Academy of Family Physicians

Two groups join effort to monitor California Health Benefit Exchange

The California Medical Association and the Food & Drug Council have joined a statewide alliance that seeks to monitor developments in the California Health Benefit Exchange, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 8/29).

Read more at californiahealthline.org

Groups join alliance to monitor development of Health Benefit Exchange

The California Medical Association and the Food & Drug Council have joined a statewide alliance of business and labor leaders, health plans, providers and patient advocates monitoring developments in the California Health Benefit Exchange.

The goal is to ensure the new health insurance program for individuals and small employers will lower costs, improve quality and expand access to health care for all Californians.

The Healthcare Exchange Advocacy and Responsibility Team — known as HEART — supports a state exchange that harnesses competition between insurance plans to cut costs, enables informed consumer decisions and choice between plans that offer coordinated, team-based care.

Read more at bizjournals.com

Affordable Care Act's Effect on Whether Employers Provide Health Coverage: GAO Reviews the Research

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-768) estimates of the effect of PPACA on the extent of employer-sponsored coverage, why the estimates vary, and how estimates of coverage differ by the types of employers and employees that may be affected. GAO also examined other changes employers may be considering to the health benefits they offer.

Survey estimates of how many employers were likely to drop health coverage in the near term ranged from 2 to 20 percent. Long-term predictions of the prevalence of employer-sponsored coverage were more uncertain.

Four microsimulation studies estimated that from about 2 million to 6 million fewer individuals would have employer-sponsored coverage in the absence of the individual mandate compared to with the mandate.

Some of the 19 employer surveys indicated PPACA may have a larger effect on small employers and certain populations, and may prompt some employers to change benefit designs.

Patient-centered team care is taking off

July 24, 2012 Tuesday

The doctor will see you now. So will the triage nurse. Not to mention the diabetes educator and the dietitian.

By the end of next year, hundreds of thousands of central Ohioans seeking treatment from a family doctor will be tended to by a team of health professionals, depending on their needs. Those caregivers will home in on not only the illness of the moment but also each patient's long-term well-being.

And, in many cases, they really can see you now, reserving a block of time for same-day appointments. They'll be available beyond normal business hours and on call around the clock.

"This is concierge care for the masses," said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, the director of the Ohio Department of Health.

Read more at dispatch.com

Adam Loveall for a Smart California Health Insurance Exchange


HEART Press Conference



Liz Helms for Team Health Care