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Thank you for visiting The Center's healthcare blog where our public affairs team shares their thoughts on public policy and other issues that shape the healthcare environment. We hope you enjoy reading the insights they share and we welcome you to join the conversation by leaving a comment.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding is Critical for Kids

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 9/22/2017

We are running out of days in September, which means there are a limited number of days left to ensure that access to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains intact.


Video Introduces Partnership to Address Opioid Epidemic

Posted By Tony Gutowski | 9/1/2017

The establishment of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction is the result of years of work by community leaders and hospitals to reduce the widespread effect of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio.


What Impacts Wage Index?

Posted By Deanna Moore | 8/10/2017

Not only do we need to understand the effect operational decisions have on the income statement, we must also understand what impacts wage index, since it plays such a significant role in a region’s Medicare reimbursement.


Consider QUALITY of Coverage in Repeal and Replace Debate

Posted By Deanna Moore | 7/26/2017

One thing that hasn’t been talked about much but that is extremely troubling is the diminished quality of coverage that would be left under the various proposals for people insured through the Marketplace.


Power of Partnership: Cuyahoga County Board of Health, HIP-Cuyahoga & The Center

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 7/24/2017

Terry Allan frequently talks about how public health and clinical health were “separated at birth.” I’ll tell you what − the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and HIP-Cuyahoga deserve a lot of credit for the work they’ve been doing to try to remedy that situation in Cuyahoga County.


Spirit of CHNAs Realized: Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force Seeks Community Health Data

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 7/17/2017

I always think it’s pretty awesome when my work life and personal life collide, which is what happened to me recently when my friend Judy Wright called and asked if I could present information to the Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force on which she serves.


Ohio Budget Bill Clears Senate Vote, Heads to Conference Committee

Posted By Tony Gutowski | 6/22/2017

With just eight short days until Governor Kasich signs the SFY 18 – 19 Ohio budget into law, members of the Ohio General Assembly are headed to Conference Committee to hammer out the details of the deal.


Northeast Ohio Community Benefit Spending: 2015 Data Deciphered

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 6/2/2017

Recently, I was invited to present information on population health planning and Northeast Ohio community benefit spending to the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (NEO HFMA).


Medicaid Coverage: A Key Weapon in the Opiate Treatment Arsenal

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 5/11/2017

There has been a dizzying amount of activity at the federal level with huge implications for healthcare and Medicaid coverage in particular.


Balancing Ohio’s Budget: Declining Revenues, Greater Oversight of Medicaid

Posted By Tony Gutowski | 5/10/2017

On Tuesday, the Ohio House approved a nearly $64 billion two-year spending plan for the state. The proposal from the Ohio House, which now heads over to the Senate, was met with robust debate from members on both sides stressing the importance of balancing Ohio’s budget and bracing for what has continued to be a disappointing year for Ohio’s tax receipts.

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