Possible side effects of health system reform

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted Jan. 16, 2012

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The provisions of the national health system reform law are only part of the puzzle. Exactly how those provisions are implemented will affect whether reform is considered a success. American Medical News has investigated some lesser-known aspects of reform that might surprise those who think they know how it will roll out.

Health reform after 2014: Not-so-universal coverage

Roughly 30 million people are expected to gain health coverage under the reform law's provisions, but that would still leave about 20 million uninsured, whether by choice or by circumstance. Read more

Bracing for Medicaid expansion

Not all states are going to fare equally when the reform law's Medicaid expansion kicks in. Regions where the patient need is greatest but the physician supply is lowest have a poorer access outlook. Read more

Defining essential benefits: How much is too much?

Mandating the services health plans must cover under reform is a tricky balancing act. Make the list too small, and patients don't get needed care. Make it too big, and care becomes unaffordable. Read more

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Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

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American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

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Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

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Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

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How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

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Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

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Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

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