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Theme Issue: Medicare and Medicaid at 50


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Original Investigation | July 28, 2015

Mortality, Hospitalizations, and Expenditures for the Medicare Population

This study describes national trends in mortality for all Medicare beneficiaries and trends in hospitalizations and expenditures in the Medicare fee-for-service population from 1999 through 2013.

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Original Investigation | July 28, 2015 CME

Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Under the ACA

This analysis estimates national changes in self-reported coverage, access to care, and health during the ACA’s first 2 open enrollment periods and assesses differences between low-income adults in states that expanded Medicaid and in states that did not expand Medicaid.

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Original Investigation | July 28, 2015

Characteristics of Hospitals Penalized by CMS for Adverse Events

This study uses CMS Hospital Compare data to characterize hospitals penalized financially for preventable adverse events and investigates associations between financial penalties and quality scores.

Clinical Review & Education

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Special Communication | July 28, 2015 CME

Medicare and Medicaid at 50 Years

In this Special Communication, Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman and Senator William Frist review the history and roles of Medicare and Medicaid in the US health system and discuss the program’s future.


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July 28, 2015

Medicare/Medicaid Anniversary Viewpoints

These Viewpoints reflect on the future of US health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Gostin and colleagues on US Health Insurance for Low- and Middle-Income Individuals

Butler on Strengthening the Affordable Care Act

Cutler on From the Affordable Care Act to Affordable Care

Wilensky on Improving and Refining the Affordable Care Act

Clough and colleagues on Fee-for-Service Payment Models

Mann and Osius on Medicaid’s New Role in the Health Care System

Bindman on Managing the Future of Medicaid

Boozary and colleagues on Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Hwang and colleagues on State Leadership in Health Care Transformation

Bauchner on Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and US Health Policy

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Viewpoint | August 3, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Specialty Society Clinical Practice Guidelines

This Viewpoint discusses the challenges that specialty societies face developing and implementing clinical practice guidelines that the medical profession and public can trust.

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Viewpoint | July 30, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Health Care Scheduling and Access

This Viewpoint summarizes an Institute of Medicine report that emphasizes the importance of reducing the time patients wait to see clinicians, and the importance of and strategies for improving timely access to health care services.

Medical News & Perspectives

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Medical News & Perspectives | July 29, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Exploring Statins to Decrease HIV-Related Heart Disease Risk

This Medical News feature article summarizes current thinking about the proatherogenic effects of HIV infection, and ongoing research to evaluate whether statins can reduce cardiovascular disease in HIV-infected patients.

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Interview with Drew Altman, PhD and William Frist, MD, authors of Medicare and Medicaid at 50 Years: Perspectives of Beneficiaries, Health Care Professionals and Institutions, and Policy Makers

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Medicare and Medicaid at 50 Years Perspectives of Beneficiaries, Health Care Professionals and Institutions, and Policy Makers

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Video 1. Ambulation Mode Transitions Using a Powered Prosthetic Leg ... (02:11)

This video shows transitions between ambulation modes controlled by the experimenter during control system training.

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This interactive includes Doppler echocardiography findings from a patient with a heart murmur. How do you interpret these test results?

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JAMA Editor's Audio Summary

July 28, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary Theme Issue

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Author Readings
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Reading by Stuart Butler, PhD, author of Strengthening the Affordable Care Act: The Need for Strategic Building Blocks

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Recurrent Oral Ulcers

A 44-year-old man with a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease and anxiety presents for evaluation of mouth ulcers recurring for the past 2 years.

What would you do next?

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Empirical Therapy of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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For your patients: Medicare.

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A Piece of My Mind

Running a Code in My Ice Skates, and Other Tales

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International translations of Author Video Interviews

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Donald M. Berwick Reflects on Medicare at 50

Visualizing Health Policy

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