Topic: Affordable Care Act

Emergency room doctors busy, despite ACA

Doctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce…

‘Overkill’ in medical care

Overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment in medical care in the U.S. is widespread, with one recent study suggesting that 30% of care—amounting to roughly $750 billion a year—is wasteful. But there are signs that the Affordable Care Act, which provides financial incentives for doctors…

‘Wacky’ Medicare physician payment policy should bite the dust

The U.S. Senate’s likely approval this week of bipartisan legislation to repeal a long-standing feature of Medicare physician payment policy called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) does not mean a new era of bipartisan Congressional cooperation on health policy has dawned, according…

Affordable Care Act

The Harvard Chan School's Robert Blendon tells Reuters that if Republicans take control of the Senate, there will be confusion for first-time Obamacare enrollees over whether the program has a future. Watch now 

Health insurers may be using drug coverage to discriminate

For immediate release: January 28, 2015 In some U.S. health plans, HIV drugs cost nearly $3,000 more per year than in other plans. If left unchecked, this practice could partially undermine a central feature of the Affordable Care Act. Boston, MA ─ Some…

The ACA and jobs

February 2014 – Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. (Conversations in Public Health, 5:01) Please click the play icon above to play…

ACA this week - Risk corridors

February 2014 -- The controversy over "risk corridors," used by insurance companies for when they get into a new and unpredictable market, shouldn't be controversial at all. Check out the series from the Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Visit Harvard…

ACA this week - Do enrollment targets matter?

March, 2014 – Although the number of people signing up for health care through the federal and state marketplaces is currently behind the administration’s target, Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says…

ACA this week - Leadership in consumer health care

February 2014 -- Leadership is critical in advocating for health care consumers. How do you advocate in a tough political environment? What leadership strategies or skills are most effective? An interview with Ron Pollack, Executive Director for Families USA. Check out the…

ACA this week – Lots more patients, enough docs?

March 2014 – Will there be enough doctors to treat the newly covered patients under the Affordable Care Act? Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management weighs in. (1:24) Visit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Affordable Care Act page for more…