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Alliance for Health Reform Names New Leadership

Washington veterans Sarah Dash and Marilyn Serafini promoted from VP positions to co-lead The Alliance for Health Reform

The Washington-based Alliance for Health Reform has chosen an innovative way to answer the question: Who will succeed retiring president Ed Howard?

The nonpartisan nonprofit announced today that Sarah Dash and Marilyn Serafini, the group's vice presidents for policy, will jointly assume the role of president and CEO. The move doesn't mean two part-time jobs; both will lead the Alliance staff full time, dividing responsibilities as they see fit.

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Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Briefs Press on State Health Initiatives

Friday, February 19, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., discussed his experience with the state's program to move newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries to qualified health plans, and his intentions for changes moving forward. He emphasized his desire to enroll Medicaid beneficiaries in workforce training programs.

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Friday, May 13, 2016: Senior Health Policy Associate

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Recent Briefings

Recent pharmaceutical innovations offer unprecedented possibilities for curing, treating, or preventing a range of diseases. However, patients, providers and payers alike have raised concerns about the affordability and sustainability of these drugs. As a response to price increases of both single-source and generic drugs, some stakeholders are calling for a move towards basing payments on value, and some payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers are exploring ways to base payments on outcomes. However, many challenges remain.  Read More

Medicare is testing new ways to pay for medical services, emphasizing value rather than volume, and evidence is beginning to build about successes and challenges. This briefing will examine what we know so far about the basic models, savings, quality, the impact on patients and the prospects for replication. Read More

Value-Based Pricing for Prescription Drugs: Opportunities & Challenges


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Health Care Consolidation: What You Need to Know


A recent whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions has thrown health care industry consolidation into the spotlight. In 2014 alone, there were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector at a value of $387 billion, a new record. In this roundtable for reporters, featuring a top FTC official and two experts, panelists discussed the drivers behind this recent trend; the scope and extent of consolidation among doctors, hospitals and insurers; implications for consumers and other stakeholders; and the roles of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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New Toolkit on Health Care Consolidation


There were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector in 2014 at a value of $387 billion, both record highs. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Health Care Consolidation,” looks at the drivers behind this trend, as well as implications for key players in the health care system and regulatory issues surrounding the issue.  Critics argue that consolidation could have a harmful impact on consumers, including higher costs, while others say some amount of activity is necessary to reshape the health care industry following changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act.

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