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JAMA Forum: The 2018 Midterm Election Results and Health Care

BY GAIL WILENSKY, PHD  January 3, 2019

With the midterm elections receding, the country’s attention is already focused on 2020 and the most likely candidate to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. No matter which candidate it is, health care and the future direction of health care in the United States is likely to have a major role in the election—just as it did in 2018... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: The 2018 Midterm Election Results and Health Care

BY GAIL WILENSKY, PHD  January 3, 2019

Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, Republicans (and, more recently, President Trump) have made their opposition to the ACA a rallying cry. The focus on "repeal and replace" during the 2014 Congressional election and again in the November 2016 full election led many Republicans to expect a rapid replacement of this key Obama administration legislative victory... Read More ›

The Need to Simplify Measuring Quality in Health Care


I The leadership of US health care institutions as well as practicing clinicians have raised concerns about the burdens being placed on them by the many quality and performance metrics required by various payers and regulators. Although the total number of health care measures in use in unknown, some 1700 reportedly are used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) alone. The multiplicity of metrics is not a... Read More ›

What's Ahead in Health Policy for 2018?

BY GAIL WILENSKY, PHD  January 17, 2018

I have decided to join what seems to be a national pastime: predicting in January what will happen in health policy during the course of the year. This year, such forecasting may be easier than ... Read More ›

Republicans Will Own Whatever Happens to the ACA and Health Care Reform

BY GAIL WILENSKY, PHD September 17, 2017

As has become clear, “Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a mantra that provided such a unifying theme for Republicans when Democrats controlled the White House, has been much harder than Republicans expected when they achieved... Read More ›

Reforming Medicaid

BY GAIL WILENSKY, PHD and Andy Slavitt, MBA |  July 11, 2017

We are 2 former Administrators of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, under Presidents Barack Obama and George H. W. Bush. Although we represent different political parties, we take pride in the accomplishments of these 2 programs, which... Read More ›

Revisiting Medicaid


In the American Health Care Act (AHCA), recently passed by the House of Representatives as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a key element is restructuring how Medicaid is financed. One effect of this legislation is focusing attention beyond how Medicaid’s financing is... Read More ›

Politics, Policy, and Medicaid Reform


In a recent JAMA Forum, the authors discuss the Republican rationale for Medicaid reform, 2 specific Republican proposals, and some policy implications that result from these proposals. Although I agree with much of the analysis, it ignores a key difference between how Medicaid is nominally structured versus how it has actually been operating over the past several... Read More ›

Are Virtual Physician Visits About to Become Mainstream Medicine?

BY  ON November 21, 2016

Virtual physician visits and telemedicine, once viewed primarily as a means to help provide care to individuals in rural areas or to link physicians in rural areas to specialists or colleagues in academic centers, are now also being considered as part of a strategy to... Read More ›

Time to Hit the Pause Button on Medicare's Payment Demonstration Projects?

BY  ON August 31, 2016

After a slow start in 2011, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seems to have gone into overdrive. As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ pledge to move the majority of Medicare payments away... Read More ›

Changing Physician Behavior Is Harder Than We Thought

BY  ON May 25, 2016

Two unrelated reports released last month serve as stark reminders of how challenging it has been to change physician behavior in a sustained and purposeful way. This isn't to suggest we shouldn't keep working to find strategies for delivering... Read More ›

Addressing Social Issues Affecting Health to Improve US Health Outcomes

BY  ON March 16, 2016

In a recent JAMA Forum, Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, wrote about tackling the social determinants of health as a process that will require taking "small steps on a long journey." I agree with him about the complexity raised... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: Replacing the Affordable Care Act and Other Suggested Reforms

BY  ON December 21, 2015

A group of health policy analysts (the 3 of us plus 7 others listed below in the Editor's note) have collaborated on a set of proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and also reforming other major portions of... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: The Agency Under Threat That We Need Now More than Ever

BY  ON September 30, 2015

Two decades after a near-death experience, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the only federal agency devoted to health services research and improving the... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: A New Focus on Prescription Drug Spending

BY  ON July 1, 2015

A chorus of concern over the cost of prescription drugs for both patients and the health system has been growing louder. Spending on prescription drugs surged 13% last year to a record... Read More ›

BY  ON April 21, 2015

The US Congress has finally passed legislation to repeal a much-disliked formula used to pay physicians who care for patients covered by Medicare--an action that ended a long-time tradition of approving additional funds for... Read More ›

BY  ON JANUARY 7, 2015

In mid-November, just as the second enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was starting, a Gallup poll indicated that only 37% of the US public approved of the ACA -- a record low percentage. Since the ACA was passed in 201... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: The Challenges of Reforming Graduate Medical Education Payments

BY  ON OCTOBER 2, 2014

A recent report by an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on the financing and governance of graduate medical education(GME) considered an important question for health care in the United States: to what extent does the current GME system, which provides the training of interns and residents after medical school, help produce... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: Reading the Tea Leaves on Proposed Health Insurance Premium Hikes in a Post-ACA World

BY  ON July 3, 2014

Health economists and other experts generally expect that consumers will pay more for health insurance premiums year after year. That's because 1 or more of the components of premiums ... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: What Do We Now Know About the Affordable Care Act?

BY  ON April 23, 2014

Now that the 2014 enrollment period has (finally) ended for signing up for a plan in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) health insurance exchanges, many of ... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: What's Happening as Obamacare Coverage Debuts?

BY  ON JANUARY 29, 2014

With all of the ink that has been devoted to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially since the October 1 launching of the state and federally run insurance exchanges, remarkably little is being reported ... Read More ›

JAMA Forum: With a Bumpier Rollout Than Expected, Better Transparency Needed on Health Insurance Exchanges

BY  ON October 30, 2013

As we all now know, the start-up of the federally run insurance exchange websites and the first few weeks that the exchanges have been operating have been extremely bumpy--certainly bumpier than anyone (including me) had been predicting. The experience of... Read More ›


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