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State Options to Control Health Care Costs and Improve Quality

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center book_alt2 icon Report States should take the lead in implementing innovative cost control and quality improvement reforms.

by Zeke Emanuel, Joshua Sharfstein, Topher Spiro, Meghan O'Toole | Monday, April 11, 2016

Sending nurses to work with poor moms helps kids. So why don’t we do more of it?

Topher Spiro and Lanhee Chen discuss the bipartisan benefits of investing in nurse coaching programs.

by Topher Spiro and Lanhee Chen | Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Divestitures Will Not Maintain Competition in Medicare Advantage

Man reading Medicare brochure article icon Issue Brief Experiences from past mergers show that divestitures most likely will not be a successful remedy in the proposed Aetna-Humana merger.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bigger Is Not Better

Doctor with files article icon Issue Brief A proposed merger between Aetna and Humana, two of the country’s largest health insurance companies, likely would increase costs for consumers and taxpayers.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pa., expand home visiting

Topher Spiro and Meghan O'Toole describe how home-visiting programs can improve the lives of families in Pennsylvania and save millions of dollars for the state.

by Topher Spiro and Meghan O'Toole | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Paying It Forward

Mother and child book_alt2 icon Report Creating a new Medicaid benefit for evidence-based home visiting services would simplify funding and allow states and communities to scale services, improve outcomes for families, and produce significant savings for states and the federal government.

by Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Meghan O'Toole, Maura Calsyn, Topher Spiro, Katie Hamm | Thursday, November 12, 2015

What if drugs were priced based on their effectiveness?

Author Topher Spiro argues that drugs should be priced based on their effectiveness.

by Topher Spiro | Monday, October 12, 2015

Enough Is Enough

Luillia Van Lanen with some of her prescription medication book_alt2 icon Report Sustainable drug pricing requires paying for drugs based on their benefits to patients.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Thomas Huelskoetter | Friday, September 18, 2015

A Strategy for Medicare Payment Reform

Doctor and patient book_alt2 icon Report Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Model has shown modest yet improving results so far. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should make improvements to the Pioneer ACO Model while also expanding bundled payment reforms.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Monday, June 1, 2015

The Great Cost Shift

Stethoscope book_alt2 icon Report Cost shifting from employers to employees—not the Affordable Care Act—is the reason why employees continue to experience growing health care costs. Employees should be aware of these cost-shifting efforts and share in health care cost savings.

by Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn, Meghan O'Toole | Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Payment Reform Action Plan: Meeting the New Medicare Payment Reform Target

Chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient. article icon Issue Brief The new Medicare goal for payment reform is a significant milestone toward improving patient care and making health care spending more sustainable. CAP recommends these next steps to help achieve this goal.

by Zeke Emanuel, Allyson Schwartz, Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter | Thursday, February 26, 2015

King v. Burwell: The Prohibitive Cost of Any Congressional Response to a Ruling Against the Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court should not expect Congress to act to prevent disastrous consequences.

by Topher Spiro | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reforms to Help Meet the Growing Demand for Long-Term Care Services

Health care article icon Issue Brief Targeted reforms will help more Americans afford the long-term care they are likely to need in the coming decades.

by Daniel Bahr, Topher Spiro, Maura Calsyn | Friday, October 31, 2014

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Unproven Proton Radiation Therapy Wastes Millions of Dollars

Radiation therapists use X-rays to show the exact position of a patient's tumor in the left lung article icon Fact Sheet New proton therapy technology costs Medicare and seniors millions of dollars but offers zero improvement for prostate cancer patients.

by Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, Gina Phillipi | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eye Treatment for Seniors: How Lucentis Wastes More Than $1 Billion per Year

A shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Arkansas, Wal-Mart store. article icon Fact Sheet A new CAP analysis finds that one drug company’s packaging decision costs Medicare and seniors more than $1 billion per year.

by Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, Gina Phillipi | Thursday, May 22, 2014