Earl Blumenauer Q&A on Medicare’s end-of-life discussions, Sarah Palin and ‘death panels’

Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer won a big victory this week when Medicare officials said they plan to reimburse doctors for talking with seniors about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Democratic lawmaker first brought this concept to Congress and was working without controversy to include the provisions in the new federal health care legislation six years ago — until former …

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City Club of Portland Friday Forum July 17: Guns & the Rose City – It Can Happen Here

After the shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine dead, President Barack Obama said, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” Gun violence is a topic that intersects with other areas: racial profiling, officer involved shootings, mental …

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Primary Care Providers Report Seeing More Newly Insured Patients

Most primary care providers report seeing more Medicaid or newly insured patients, and continue to accept new patients, since the ACA’s major coverage provisions took effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund. The survey also finds little change in providers’ ability to deliver high-quality care. Read about it here. Share this, please:

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Medicare’s Value-Driven Future

The Medicare program has an array of tools, many provided by the Affordable Care Act, for improving beneficiary care and keeping costs under control. Their purpose is to help Medicare greatly expand the proportion of its payments tied to quality or value. This issue brief is the first in our Medicare at 50 Years series to explore the key issues …

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Coverage and Financial Security Preserved for Millions of Americans in the Supreme Court Ruling for the Government

Today the Supreme Court decided in favor of the government in the King v. Burwell case. The case had contested the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in the 34 states that have federally facilitated marketplaces. In a new blog post, The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara R. Collins and David Blumenthal, M.D., say that decision means that the estimated …

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