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The Margolin Group Supports Launch of New York Veterans Law Clinic

The Margolin Group (TMG) extends warm congratulations to the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy (Institute) on the recent launch of its Veterans Law Clinic. This clinic will leverage the skills and expertise of local attorneys and Hofstra Law students to assure veterans transition smoothly from military to civilian life. The Veterans Law Clinic represents a key component of the Gitenstein Institute’s multi-disciplinary “Mission Critical” veterans outreach and advocacy […]

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Slavitt Urges Progress Beyond the Coverage Gains Made by ACA, Article by Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

In a recent speech made by Andy Slavitt, before the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit in Washington D.C., the CMS Acting Administrator implored healthcare providers and lawmakers to continue to work together to provide safe, affordable, high-quality care. During his address, likely his last before transfer of power to the Trump administration, Slavitt outlined key improvements made in healthcare and coverage over the last several years. “Quality and safety have improved with […]

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Obama Administration Marks Progress in Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment, Recovery and Research, Press Release by the U.S. White House, Office of the Press Secretary

A recent report released by the White House outlines the Administration’s ongoing investment in prevention, early detection, treatment of and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. The report notes that these investments have helped to realize President Obama’s National Drug Control Strategy first released in 2010. Thanks to effective implementation of various federal health laws, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction […]

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Simple Digital Technologies Can Reduce Health Care Costs, Article by Alexander L. Fogel and Joseph C. Kvedar, Harvard Business Review

According to a recent article by the Harvard Business Review, a growing number of employers are embracing the use of “digital therapeutics” to improve employee health and reduce costs. Today, these digital therapeutics include “consumer-grade technology such as mobile devices, wearable sensors, big data analytics, and behavioral science and can be delivered through web browsers, apps, or in conjunction with medical devices.” The use of “artificial-intelligence-driven smartphone apps,” in particular, […]

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Are Public-Private Partnerships the Future of Serving Veterans? Article by Derek Coy, Health Affairs

  After discharge from military service, veterans (and their families) often face unique healthcare challenges. Specifically, recent research has shown that “having a partner with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can increase the risk of the other partner developing a mental health problem, so both veterans and their spouses may require care for behavioral health issues.” To alleviate barriers standing in the way of Veterans and their loved ones receiving timely, coordinated […]

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A Doctor Shortage? Let’s Take a Closer Look, Op-Ed by Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times

A recent op-ed in The New York Times explored the various (and often nuanced) causes that have led to a physician shortage in the United States. According to the article, physician shortages are likely the result of: A lack of newly trained physicians graduating from medical school; Inefficient distribution of physicians across the country; Fewer physicians able and willing to treat the growing number of baby boomers with chronic conditions; […]

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Scarcity Of Mental Health Care Means Patients — Especially Kids — Land In ER, Article by Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News

According to a recent article posted on Kaiser Health News, the American College of Emergency Physicians highlighted the lack of high quality, affordable behavioral health care (especially for children and the elderly) as a “growing crisis.” Specifically, the American College of Emergency Physicians found that a greater number of individuals were admitted to emergency departments with behavioral health conditions than with medical conditions. These individuals stayed longer in the ED […]

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Baylor Scott & White Taps James Hinton for CEO Post, Article by Shelby Livingston, Modern Healthcare

The Margolin Group (TMG) extends warm and hearty congratulations to Jim Hinton on his selection as Baylor, Scott and White’s new CEO. Hinton currently serves as Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ president and CEO (and has held this position since 1995). He is a longtime friend of TMG, dating back to Leslie Margolin’s service on the Presbyterian Health Plan Board (chaired by Hinton). Baylor, Scott and White has chosen well. We all join […]

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The Next Big Reform Challenge is Mental Health, Article by Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

According to a recent Modern Healthcare article, lawmakers have begun to focus their attention on “fixing the nation’s broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction.” Mental illness (and the cost associated with effective treatment) has risen to crisis proportions. “Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experience mental illness in a given year,” according to a report released by […]

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CMS Awards $347 Million to Healthcare Groups to Improve Patient Safety, Article by Elizabeth Whitman, Modern Healthcare

CMS recently announced that it will award $347M in “Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network Contracts” aimed at “improving patient safety by decreasing hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions.” The Margolin Group commends the organizations selected to undertake this work and is proud to have served as advisers to and partners with several of these organizations. TMG’s co-founders, Leslie Margolin and Joanna Horsfall, have experienced firsthand the transformative power of well-built patient […]

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