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An Additional TMG Perspective, Editorial by Anthony Serrano, Margolin Group Senior Counsel, Legal & Public Affairs

As TMG Senior Advisor Arnold Buchman’s opinion piece suggests, the wholesale repeal of the ACA will do far more harm than good. Millions will lose coverage, care costs will continue to grow, and the risk pool – which, when broadened “yields accurate underwriting” – will shrink, driving premiums ever higher. We agree with Arnold’s assertion that repeal of the ACA will result in “excessive financial risks.” It is unacceptable that […]

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A Repeal and Replacement Primer, Editorial by Arnold Buchman, Senior Advisor to The Margolin Group

Arnold Buchman, a trusted Margolin Group Senior Advisor – and retired CIGNA Corp. financial and benefit-delivery group health insurance attorney – poses in his newest article questions lawmakers should ask themselves before proceeding with “repeal and replacement” of the Affordable Care Act. Arnold writes: In attempting to understand the impending battle over repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, it is important to keep in mind what ACA is: a […]

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A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health in the Community, Report by Stacey Chazin and June Glover, Center for Health Care Strategies

  A report released by the Center for Health Care Strategies – a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans – explores the importance of addressing the social determinants of health (e.g., water and air quality, access to healthy food, housing, employment, available transportation and education) when seeking to improve the oral health of underserved communities. The report describes development of a framework for addressing the […]

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Future of Healthcare Grounded in Data, But Details Fuzzy, Article by Evan Sweeny, Fierce Healthcare

  A recent series of discussions at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland addressed the growing importance of access to integrated patient health data to “improve outcomes and transform the industry.” Well-known discussion panelists included Elizabeth Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, writer, and public health researcher and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The article notes, “Most agreed […]

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One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die, Article by Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine

A recent profile published in The New York Times Magazine explores one physician’s journey to build a more responsive, patient-centered palliative care experience. The article traces how the personal tragedies of B.J. Miller, executive director of Zen Hospice in San Francisco, have contributed to his ability to build an end-of-life experience that more fully “actualizes” a dying patient’s wishes. The Margolin Group (TMG) supports “more imaginative” models of palliative care […]

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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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