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The 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid: Providing Hope for the ACA’s Future

As was the case with Medicare and Medicaid, the conversation surrounding the Affordable Care Act will likely move beyond repeal toward serious debate about improving the health care system.

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A Strategy for Medicare Payment Reform

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.

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

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.


The Great Cost Shift

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.

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

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

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

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

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Accountable Care States

book_alt2 icon Report In order to control health care costs, states should have the option to become “Accountable Care States” that are accountable for health care costs, the quality of care, and access to care—with sizable financial rewards for keeping overall costs low.

A New Management Structure for a New Phase of the Affordable Care Act

article icon Issue Brief The next round of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins in November. To avoid problems and to optimize the consumer experience, a new, more effective management structure is essential for the next phase of implementation.

Controlling Costs by Expanding the Medicare Acute Care Episode Demonstration

Maura Calsyn and Zeke Emanuel propose expanding the Medicare Acute Care Episode demonstration to help control health care costs.

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Comparing the Effectiveness of Health Care

article icon Issue Brief The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, should rapidly increase its investment in comparative effectiveness research, or CER.

Changing the Conversation on Abortion Restrictions

article icon Issue Brief Hundreds of laws have been passed to restrict abortion in the past few years that undermine health care providers’ ability to provide—and patients’ right to receive—individualized, quality care. To counter this, legislators in several states are introducing bills that would protect evidence-based medical care and expand abortion access.

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