In April 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, simply called MACRA. Unlike the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), the MACRA bill had rare, overwhelming bipartisan support, with a final vote of 392-37 in the House and 92-8 in the Senate.
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For more than 25 years, the Foundation has been a thought leader in research around outcomes that matter to patients, in advocacy for health system change, and in shared decision making (SDM). Today, we are pleased to introduce the new and improved Foundation website.
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Shared Decision Making Month 2014 is certainly off to a wonderful start! During week one, we dove into the history of shared decision making, examining our progress and where we need to focus our attention. Our infographic on shared decision making milestones provided quite an informative look at how we got to where we are today and we thank you all for sharing it! Our tweet chat on moving shared decision making policy forward inspired a thought-provoking conversation regarding it’s ethical imperative and decision aid certification. We will certainly draw from this conversation in our future advocacy work.
Read more about what's in store for week two of SDM Month 2014
Week two of Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month was extremely thought-provoking with insight about how and when shared decision making is appropriate along the care continuum. We heard about the need to empower women to be active participants in their maternity care decisions during Wednesday’s webinar and discussed the relationship between shared decision making and palliative care in Tuesday’s tweet chat. In addition, we heard from a powerhouse panel of leading health care experts about the role of shared decision making in maternity care, mental health, diagnosis and end of life care during Wednesday evening’s in-person panel.
Read more about what's in store for week three of SDM Month 2013
Shared decision making garnered national attention when it was among delivery system reforms contained in the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that was signed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The much anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the fate of ACA will happen within a matter of weeks. Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, Benjamin W. Moulton, Foundation senior legal advisor, does not want policy makers to lose sight of how shared decision making is, and will continue to be, an important tool for improving health care delivery at the state level.
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The National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP), through an educational grant from the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, has released a report entitled: “Shared Decision Making: Advancing Patient-Centered Care through State and Federal Implementation.” The authors examine the legislative and regulatory approaches used in Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and Washington to promote shared decision making (SDM) implementation and make recommendations on how other states can incorporate SDM into their care delivery models.
Read more about the landmark report on shared decision making state policy