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A wide range of legal questions are considered as Aligning Forces for Quality Alliances pursue innovative ways to improve the quality of care provided in their communities. From state fair process laws to federal antitrust regulations, AF4Q Alliances must work within the parameters of the law as well as understand how it can enhance their work. This section provides up-to-date analyses on current health care legal issues that potentially affect the work of AF4Q Alliances

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The Legal Barriers Project provides ongoing support to AF4Q communities by analyzing specific legal issues relevant to the communities, conducting cross-site technical assistance, and providing insight into the major legal themes surrounding quality/equality reform. Legal Barriers generates issue briefs on topics that include quality data collection by race, ethnicity, and language, health information technology, patient privacy, mechanisms for realigning provider payments to incentivize quality, public reporting of performance measures, and the limits of state and regional policymaking. By focusing on these broad policy issues in addition to the tailored needs of the individual Aligning Forces communities, Legal Barriers will help translate the lessons learned from Aligning Forces into generalizable knowledge for a national audience.


Health Care Legal Issues

Published: Mar 2010
Author: Taylor Burke, J.D., LL.M., Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.
Authors Taylor Burke and Sara Rosenbaum examine the role of ACOs in the proposed legislation and conclude that they are in keeping with longstanding antitrust policies. The brief is the second in a...
Author: Michael Painter, Jane Hyatt Thorpe, and Lara Cartwright-Smith
Over 200 faces in health care quality gathered in Phoenix, AZ on November 18-20, 2009 for the Aligning Forces National Meeting . Attendees reflected on the tremendous progress occurring in Allia...
Published: Nov 07, 2009
Author: Sara Rosenbaum and Lara Cartwright-Smith
This memorandum outlines critical elements of the national health reform debate and highlights issues of particular importance to the AF4Q program. The memo summarizes both the coverage reforms and...
Author: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This analysis affirms the legality under federal and state law of physician ranking systems used by health plan provider networks. It was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conduct...
Published: Nov 2010
Author: Lara Cartwright-Smith, J.D., M.P.H., Jane Hyatt Thorpe, J.D., Taylor Burke, J.D., LL.M., Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.
This analysis and the accompanying tables describe the major provisions of the EHR incentive programs as clarified by the final rule, particularly the definition of meaningful use and its implicati...
Published: Dec 2009
Author: AF4Q National Program Office and the Center for Health Care Strategies
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides for an unprecedented investment in health information technology, including $44 billion in provider incentives for adoption, imple...
Author: Melissa M. Goldstein, J.D., The George Washington University Medical Center, and Alison L. Rein, M.S., AcademyHealth
This March, 2010 white paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT explores the challenges of exchanging, sharing and controlling one's own health information via a health info...
Author: Government Accountability Office
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports on practices implemented by health information exchange (HIE) organizations, providers and other health care entities that disclose electronic pers...
Author: Sara Rosenbaum
Presentation slides and meeting materials shared during the National Meeting held in Washington, DC, May 12-14, 2010.
Published: Nov 2010
Author: AF4Q National Program Office
This HIT News Brief focuses on the components of the CMS "meaningful use" (MU) rule that relate directly to AF4Q.
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