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Research Library: Health Care

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National Partnership Comments on Hospital Star Ratings Program (July 2016)

We commend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for developing Hospital Star Ratings, which will be a valued and important tool for consumers looking to make informed choices about their hospital care.


Coalition for Better Care Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule (June 2016)


National Partnership Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule (June 2016)

The National Partnership for Women & Families submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.


Advancing Care Information: Meaningful Use 2.0 Webinar

This webinar presentation reviews health information technology in the context of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.


Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2016

This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on HealthCare.gov, which is used in 38 states, and on the 13 state-based marketplace websites. It was conducted in January and supplemented by six focus groups in five states with consumers who had shopped on marketplace websites. It builds on a 2015 analysis of the features available on marketplace websites during the second open enrollment period.


MACRA Webinar Series - Clinical Practice Improvement Activities: What Consumers Want (April 28, 2016)

This webinar, presented April 28, 2016, reviews Clinical Practice Improvement Activities included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).


National Partnership Comments on Hospital Star Ratings Program (April 2016)

The National Partnership expresses support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Star Ratings, a valued and important tool for consumers looking to make informed choices about their hospital care.


MACRA 101 Webinar Slides (April 2016)

These slides are from the informational webinar conducted April 14, 2016 and review the context of MACRA, its provisions related to Medicare physician reimbursement, MIPS and APMs, the intersection of MACRA and Meaningful Use, its meaning for consumers and next steps.


Understanding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Fact Sheet (April 2016)

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is intended to accelerate the transition to a health care system that rewards quality and value, rather than volume, and help ensure that patients experience better care and improved health outcomes.


Cross Cutting Consumer Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

A truly patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is grounded in comprehensive and well-coordinated primary care that treats the whole person and is consistent with each patient’s unique needs and preferences.


Comments from the National Partnership on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Template

The National Partnership for Women & Families represents women across the country who are counting on successful continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act published on February 26, 2016. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) plays a critical role in ensuring that consumers have the tools and information they need to compare health plans accurately on the metrics of benefit design and cost, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) on this issue.


Consumer-Purchaser Alliance Comments on Draft Measure Development Plan (March 2016)

The 21 undersigned organizations are from a collaboration of leading consumer, labor, and purchaser organizations committed to improving the quality and affordability of health care through the use of performance information to inform consumer choice, payment, and quality improvement.


Crosscutting Consumer Criteria for Alternative Payment Models

If designed and implemented correctly, Alternative Payment Models (APMs) have the potential to provide comprehensive, coordinated, patient- and family-centered care while driving down costs.


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on Revisions to Meaningful Use

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the undersigned 24 organizations and individuals submit these formal comments on the finalized requirements for Stage 2 modifications and Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.


Comments on MACRA Request for Information (November 2015)

The National Partnership for Women & Families responds to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' request for information on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).


Comments on 1557 Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities (Nov. 2015)

The National Partnership's comments on the Section 1557 Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities proposed rule.


CBC MSSP ACO Comments and Supporting Documents

The Campaign for Better Care (CBC) (led by the National Partnership for Women & Families) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) proposed rule.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Premium and Cost-Sharing Assistance

Health insurance is critical to making health care services accessible to women and families, yet the cost of coverage can put it out of reach for many, especially those who do not receive insurance from their employers.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Medicaid

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of health insurance placed a particular burden on lower-income women who needed health care services but often struggled to pay insurance premiums and the out-of-pocket costs of care.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Health Care for Older Women

Access to affordable, quality health care is central to older women’s quality of life and economic security. The good news is that if you are a woman 65 years of age or older, you have a lot to gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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