Thursday, December 23, 2010

kaiser health reform web site and reform timeline

the kaiser family foundation  has a very useful web site on health reform

the following portion of the site has a timeline as to what provisions go into effect, such as for 2011.
Looks like a very useful table

For 2011, some key changes are
  • Changes to Medicare coverage
  • Grants to states for the health insurance exchanges
  • National minimum medical loss ratios 
  • Elimination of cost-sharing for certain Medicare-covered preventive services
  • Changes to the Medicare Advantage payment system
  • Grants for small employers to establish wellness programs
  • Establishment of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program (CLASS Act) 
  • Grants for states to develop alternatives to tort litigation
  • Disclosure of the nutritional content of standard menu items at chain restaurants and food sold from vending machines
  • Grants for chronic disease prevention efforts in the Medicaid program
  • Incentives for physicians to practice primary care through the Medicare program
  • Changes to tax-free savings accounts
  •  Medicare Premiums for Higher-Income Beneficiaries
  •  Medicaid Health Homes 
  • Chronic Disease Prevention in Medicaid
  • Provides 3-year grants to states to develop programs to provide Medicaid enrollees with incentives to participate in comprehensive health lifestyle programs and meet certain health behavior targets.National Quality Strategy
  • Requires the Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services to develop and update annually a national quality improvement strategy that includes priorities to improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health. Grants to Establish Wellness Programs
  • Provides grants for up to five years to small employers that establish wellness programs.Teaching Health Centers
  • Establishes Teaching Health Centers and provides payments for primary care residency programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. Nutritional Labeling
  • Medicaid Payments for Hospital-Acquired Infections
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board
  • Medicaid Long-Term Care Services

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