Modern Healthcare, in its June 14, 2010 edition, quotes Rob Mechanic regarding CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is charged with developing innovative healthcare and delivery models that slow cost growth and improve quality. In the article, Robert Mechanic, called the provision that authorizes the CMI to aggressively expand the scope of projects “critical” because the need for congressional approval has been a difficult obstacle for many initiatives to overcome. Additionally, he said, the reform law does not require projects to be budget-neutral right out of the gate—a change he says will likely spur more new projects that have initial startup costs. Finally, the law provides a significant amount of funding to a chronically underfunded agency, he said.
An article by Evaluate Pharma, entitled Comparative Effectiveness winning friends and influence, published on June 2, 2010 quotes Rob Mechanic. The article discusses the new, non-governmental Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for comparative effectiveness research, which was created and funded by the health care reform law. In the article, Mr. Mechanic gives his opinion that payers, insurers, and health systems "want to know how a drug works in the real world."
In the Cover story of the Tuesday, April 6, 2010 edition of the Congressional Quarterly Weekly, the article entitled Breaking Traditions: Medicare Innovations Tucked In Law Could Be a Tough Sell, describes the creation of a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The article quotes Rob Mechanic as saying, "It's going to create a lot of energy for delivery systems that have been interested in doing this but haven't had the funding. The innovation center gives an opportunity for people to say, 'We can do care more effectively if we had a different payment model'.'"
On the Pharmacy Choice website, the leading web portal for pharmacy resources, news, education and careers, on March 21, Robert Mechanic and Stuart Altman's article in the March 4, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is cited, and the two authors are quoted.
On March 13, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul STARTRIBUNE.com, an editorial entitled Health Reform's Hidden game-changers, quotes Mr. Mechanic and Dr. Altman and cites the NEJM article. The editorial contends that "because of its size, it makes sense for Medicare to pioneer reimbursement changes" and quotes the authors as writing that, "the long-term effect on the U.S. health care system could be priceless.''
In the Boston Globe on November 16, 2009, Stuart Altman discusses the need for more elder care training in medical schools. The article entitled Doctors Urge a Focus on Geriatrics says that US medical schools should require students to demonstrate competence in treating senior citizens.
On October 15, in a BusinessWeek article entitled Health Reform Premium Claims Generate Heat, But Little Clarity, Dr. Altman responds to a study that argues that the Senate Finance Committee's health-care bill will drive up costs by pushing family insurance premiums up hundreds of dollars, or raising the federal tax (and fee) burden on health insurers.
On September 22, 2009, Altman and other leading analysts and health policy advisers, many of them veterans of failed health overhaul efforts in the past, implored lawmakers not to give up on revamping the system now that the going has gotten tough politically. His comments are in CQ Today Online News.
On August 19th, Dr. Altman was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, on the topic of the Public Option.
On July 23rd, Dr. Altman made another appearance on television on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, "Senate Delays Health Reform as Cost Concerns Persist", discussing the questions of waste in the federal systems and changing the way we pay for healthcare.
Dr. Altman had a busy April, as he compared the Canadian and U.S. healthcare systems with "Dan Rather Reports"; graded Obama's healthcare initiatives for NPR in "Obama and Health Care: Big Hurdles Yet to Come"; and weighed the pros and cons of long-term care coverage in "Long-Term Care Gains Attention in Health Reform" on WBUR.
In March, Dr, Altman revisited the early 1990's healthcare reform efforts in "No Harry and Louise" in Newsweek. In addition, he was quoted in the New York Times article, "Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan", and in the Huffington Post's blog on "Zeke Emanuel, Obama's Health Care Alchemist".
In January, he discussed retiree spending on WBUR's "Here and Now", and weighed in on fixing the healthcare crisis on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He also discussed "Kennedy's 40-Year Push for Universal Coverage" on WBUR.On August 5, 2010, the Health Industry Forum co-sponsored a meeting with Health Affairs on Advancing Electronic Health Records Adoption and Meaningful Use, receiving media attention from The Commonwealth Fund and iHealthBeat.