Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care

Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care

In a Milbank Quarterly Op-Ed, Donald Berwick and Daniel M. Fox put Donabedian’s work into historical perspective.
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Recommendations for Strengthening Global Health Security

Strengthening Global Health Security

A Milbank Quarterly study by Lawrence Gostin and Rebecca Katz evaluates the International Health Regulations and offers proposals for reform
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A Blueprint for Repair and Renovation of the ACA The Importance of Physicians' Financial Disclosure for the Public's Health A Tale of Two Diseases: Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS Clash of the Titans: State All-Payer Claims Reporting Systems Meet ERISA Preemption Courting Disaster: Environmental Justice and the US Court System Accountability for Health Meeting the ACA's Goals

Milbank Quarterly Early View Op-Ed: John E. McDonough on How Democrats Might Try to Improve and Expand the ACA in 2017

July 26, 2016

With the Democratic Convention in full swing this week, there’s plenty of conversation about what the country might look like if the party captures the White House in November—including how the Democrats might try to improve and expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017. That’s the question raised by John E. McDonough’s new Early View Op-Ed in which he examines four proposals to alter and expand the ACA. McDonough reviews the proposed policies of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Families USA, Urban Institute, and The Century Foundation. He then asks if they would work and are politically feasible.

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Issue Brief: Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions: A Road Map for States

July 25, 2016

Faced with mounting evidence about the importance of social factors—such as income, access to food and housing, and employment status—in determining health outcomes, state Medicaid officials are looking for ways to integrate services that address these factors into their coverage, payment, and delivery models. Medicaid can’t solve societal problems on its own, but federal regulations make it clear that it can be a partner in community efforts to address the social determinants of health—and this issue brief explains how.

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Milbank Quarterly Early View Article: Making It Safe to Grow Old

July 5, 2016

A new financial simulation for a novel model of care, called MediCaring Communities, has shown significant Medicare savings for frail older adults who need both medical care and nonmedical support services. In a new Early View Milbank Quarterly study, Joanne Lynn, director of Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, and colleagues, found that the United States could provide much better care for disabled and sick elderly people without exceeding what we now spend.

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Evolving Hepatitis C Drug Coverage Policies: Seeing the Bigger Story

With threats of lawsuits and pressure from government officials, some payers appear to be relaxing their coverage guidelines for expensive direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs), including drugs for Hepatitis C. The benefits that increased access to these drugs provide to patients with Hepatitis C—and to the drugs’ manufacturers and investors—will come at the expense of state budgets and, more importantly, broader discussions about matching demand for health care services to limited resources.