Stateline Midwest

Stateline Midwest

At July’s annual meeting of the MLC Health and Human Services Committee, legislators discussed options for building health care systems that are more efficient — with the goals of trimming costs and improving patient outcomes.

One of the themes discussed by policymakers was “integrated delivery systems” — medical groups made up of hospitals, labs, pharmacies and other facilities. The goal of these systems is to allow patients to get all their medical care from a group of associated providers that share information and coordinate care.

Stateline Midwest ~ July/August 2012

 

In the weeks leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the federal Affordable Care Act, policymakers, commentators and experts mulled over the many possibilities that could come out of the landmark case. But virtually no one could have predicted the complicated outcome — or the unexpected lineup of justices in the 5-4 decision.

Stateline Midwest ~ July/August 2012

While the number of physicians being punished for professional misconduct grew slightly last year, there is debate about whether that’s a positive or negative trend.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and multiple studies have shown that graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws are effective in improving teen driving safety.

Michigan Rep. Joel Johnson says he entered elective office this year looking to save taxpayers money whenever and wherever he could. Within weeks, he found one of his first targets: a health care benefit for him and his legislative colleagues.

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