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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.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Northeast Ohio Hospital Payer Mix: A Tale of Intrigue and Mystery

Posted By Deanna Moore | 5/2/2017

Annually, The Center for Health Affairs collects payer mix information from its member hospitals. Those who are familiar with hospital finance know that this information is critical to understanding the financial picture of a hospital.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resiliency

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 4/26/2017

Potentially traumatic childhood events - referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - create higher risks for chronic health conditions, risky health behaviors, low life potential and early death.

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Physician Shortage Video a First for The Center

Posted By Deanna Moore | 4/19/2017

The Center for Health Affairs has just released its first animated video! The piece, a physician shortage video that lasts less than two minutes and pulls out the major themes highlighted in our latest Issue Brief

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NPs Play Key Role in Reduced Primary Care Physician Shortage

Posted By Michele Fancher | 4/10/2017

According to the AAMC, by 2030 the primary care physician shortage is predicted to fall somewhere between 7,300 and 43,100 . This is a pretty wide range.

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21st Century Cures: A Golden Opportunity for Northeast Ohio

Posted By Tony Gutowski | 3/31/2017

In late 2016, Congress passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act (referred to as “Cures”). Embedded within the $6.3 billion package is $970 million earmarked to combat the prescription opioid and heroin crisis through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Social Determinants of Health and Their Influence on our Health

Posted By Kirstin Craciun | 3/27/2017

In the world of community health improvement, there has been a lot of focus on the social determinants of health lately. (This is actually probably an understatement.)

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