August 22, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Thursday, August 22nd from 2:00 p.m – 3:00 pm (ET) for a highlighting the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on HRSA funded programs at Local Health Departments. This informative one hour webinar will provide a brief look at the major tenants of the ACA and delve into potential implications for several of the HRSA funded programmatic areas. This webinar is the first in a series of three webinars that will address the impacts of the ACA on Local Health Departments, their partners and the communities they serve. The webinar will feature speakers from HRSA and will include time dedicated to answering your specific questions about the ACA.
According to The Hill, “The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an incredibly helpful report Tuesday on the pre-ObamaCare cost of insurance in every state. The GAO lists the premiums and out-of-pocked costs for an average individual policy in each state, for several hypothetical customers. The data will come in handy as more states announce the rates for policies sold through the exchanges next year.”
By Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Teresa Cascio
Drug companies and medical device manufacturers commonly collaborate with physicians when developing or modifying drugs or devices. These collaborations may include consulting arrangements through which physicians provide input and guidance related to drug or device development, participation in clinical trials testing the efficacy and effectiveness of the drug or device, or educational programs to train and teach physicians about the benefits of a new drug or in the case of a medical device, how to use the device effectively. In return for their services and expertise, physicians often receive payment or other items of value such as an honorarium and/or travel expenses. These financial relationships between manufacturers and physicians, while largely beneficial, raise concerns about conflicts of interest as physicians’ treatment decisions may be improperly influenced by their financial relationship with a manufacturer. There is also concern in the industry that these types of arrangements are used to disguise illegal kickbacks (e.g., providing money or other items of value in return for prescribing a particular drug or using a particular medical device).
People wonder how the Affordable Care Act – and the resulting health system changes – will affect them. To address some of these concerns, The Commonwealth Fund developed Health Reform & You, a new publication series that features short, jargon-free briefs that explain some of the key transformations taking place now and anticipated over the next few years.
The first of the publications – Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense – addresses funding that expands primary care and existing medical home initiatives across the country.
More briefs will be published in the coming weeks. Check back with the Alaska Center for Public Policy for links to future publications.