Murray-Ross

Deconstructing single payer, one dinner party at time

Earlier this summer in California we had our gubernatorial primary where health care, and specifically the issue of single payer, was front and center. By Murray Ross, PhD, Vice President and Institute for Health Policy Director.

Demystifying universal coverage

Research shows that many Americans believe that everyone should have access to affordable health care coverage. However, the method to achieve that goal remains a topic of national debate. ]There are many paths to achieving “universal coverage” both nationally and…

Coffee talk with Julie Stoss, Vice President, Government Relations

Julie Hutcheson Stoss, JD is a vice president in Kaiser Permanente’s government relations department and has worked at Kaiser Permanente since 1999. She leads the department’s efforts to develop policy positions and priorities with respect to proposed government actions. We sat…

Samantha-Dupont

Six burning questions healthcare leaders have about ACOs

If you ask healthcare leaders what they think about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), you won’t be short on answers.  From high hopes to cautious optimism to worry and skepticism, the full gamut of feelings is there. The amount of buzz…

Athan G. Bezaitis

Informing the next generation of Accountable Care Organizations

Some of the biggest buzz in health reform lies in the potential that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have to help to reduce costs, improve care, and move away from fee-for-service to population-based payment. But questions remain as to whether or not…

A few cautions about exchanges

The health benefit exchanges outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are a necessary foundation for market-based reform of the health care financing and delivery system. At least in theory, exchanges embody the type of market structure…