If you were able to attend our winter conference, you know we hit on themes at the very core of our work at the Quality Institute. How can we improve quality and reduce costs? We all know it’s possible. And we all know it’s going to be really tough. As our keynote speaker Niall Brennan […]

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I recently watched a video of Seema Verma, the current Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, outlining her vision for Medicaid. She spoke of the need to give states greater flexibility in administrating their Medicaid programs, a change that we at the Quality Institute support. She also touched on a question I […]

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It’s October. That means Halloween and something even scarier — insurance premium increases. This year, people in the individual market will face hikes even higher than usual thanks to the federal government’s concerted effort to undermine the marketplace. Small businesses in New Jersey also feel the fright. Plans now offered in the Small Employer market have […]

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Open enrollment for the ACA Marketplace begins November 1 and runs through December 15.  New Jersey residents will have three carriers to choose from:  Horizon BCBSNJ, AmeriHealth, and Oscar. The 2018 rates should come out any day now and will be higher than they otherwise would have been if Congress or the Administration had authorized […]

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I recently visited my new physician, Dr. Randi Protter, at R-Health, which provides a new model of care — called Direct Primary Care — that could improve patient outcomes while also reducing costs. The state, seeking ways to reduce costs, began this model for people covered by the State Health Benefits Program (state and local government employees, […]

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I tuned in to watch the recent senate hearings on the actions Congress should take to stabilize the individual insurance market — and I saw something as rare as the solar eclipse: a thoughtful, bipartisan discussion on health care that focused on solutions, not polemics. Governors and Insurance Commissioners from blue states and red states talked […]

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The next time you’re sitting in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, put down the People magazine and pick up your phone. Then download the Choosing Wisely app. Look up the reason for your visit and you’ll get clear, easy-to-understand information to guide your conversation with the doctor. Choosing Wisely is an initiative by […]

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