Republican Proposals to Change Medicaid

By Sara Wilensky

A previous post (The Republican Proposal to Replace the ACA), reviewed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which is the Republican bill being considered in the House that is intended to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AHCA also includes significant changes to the Medicaid program, which will be discussed here.

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health insurance for the poor. Medicaid has been designed as an entitlement program since its inception in 1965 (Social Security and Medicare are our two other major entitlement programs). An entitlement program means the beneficiaries who are enrolled in the program are legally entitled to the benefits of the program, in this case specified health care services. The federal and state governments are required to supply the necessary funds to cover the cost of providing program benefits. Other program designs, such as a block grant, do not have an open-ended funding requirement. A block grant, for example, provides a set amount of money for a set amount of time to cover specified services or programs. If the costs exceed the amount of money provided in a block grant program, the government is not required to provide additional funds. Instead, program benefits or eligibility might be curtailed. Continue reading

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New COTA Exam Guide Coming Soon

Available August 2017

Preparing for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting by Dr. Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller and Dr. Fredrick D. Pociask provides a comprehensive overview for occupational therapy assistant students preparing to take the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) exam.


  • Chapter outlines cover content drawn from a lexicon taken from the Occupational Therapy Framework III (AOTA, 2014)

  • Includes access to Navigate 2 TestPrep, which offers over 500 practice questions plus simulated exams

  • Chapters are divided into subjects, each addressing the three domain areas of the COTA exam

  • Workbook pages include specific references used in OTA curricula to enable exploration of challenging or unfamiliar content

  • Self-study activities with answers are provided at the end of each chapter

  • Journaling section includes 3-4 questions with a reflective learning approach to help students identify areas of weakness and prioritize studying

  • Test taking strategies, exam preparation activities, and real life advice for repeating the exam

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10 Reasons to Adopt Leadership for Health Professionals, Third Edition

10 Reasons to Adopt

Leadership for Health Professionals: Theory, Skills and Applications, Third Edition by Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Ledlow and Dr. James Stephens is the first textbook of its kind to apply classical knowledge of leadership theory and time-honored best practices of industry leaders to a health organization context.

Here are 10 reasons to adopt this text:

  1. Comprehensive and Well-Organized—Grounded in real-world applications of theoretical concepts and focused on practical examples of leadership in actual healthcare scenarios

  2. Written by Experts—Authors of the Third Edition have over four decades of practical leadership experience in health organizations, as well as over twenty-five years of academic experience as faculty in doctoral research institutions

  3. 35 Mini Case Studies—All new, each case includes a set of questions and suggested answers for instructors

  4. 9 ‘Leadership in Practice’ Cases—5 successful health executive leaders present timely topics in their own personal narratives

  5. Uses the Focused Content Cycling Model—Author-created learning model that focuses on reiterating key concepts using multiple learning modalities to increase student retention

  6. 3 NEW Models—Industry Macro-Model, Leadership Competency Domain Model for Healthcare Leadership, and Interprofessional Team Model

  7. NEW Assignments on Value-Based Purchasing (MACRA) System

  8. NEW Chapter on Leadership and Informatics Strategy: The 4 Ps of Health Analytics

  9. Robust Instructor Resource Package—You can plan less and teach more with access to a full Test Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Slides, Lesson Objectives, Case Studies, Discussion Questions, Chapter Quizzes, and Mid-Term and Final Exams

  10. Navigate 2 Advantage Access—included for FREE with every new book; unlocks access to a full eBook, student activities, case studies, assessments and more

Interested in this textbook? Learn More or Request a Review Copy

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Lots of Focus on the ACA, But MACRA Is Here to Stay

While the recent headlines are focused on the potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), another health care law is moving forward, unobstructed. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was passed in 2015 with full support from both sides of the congressional aisle.

MACRA is a separate but complementary law to the ACA, according to Kristina Young, MS (SUNY Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions) and Philip Kroth, MD, MS (University of New Mexico School of Medicine). Young and Kroth are the authors of the new 9th edition of Sultz & Young’s Health Care USA.

Ms. Young and Dr. Kroth will explore this important law in a free webinar on Thursday, March 30th at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Participants will learn about MACRA in the context of the ACA including:

  • Key features and major accomplishments of MACRA
  • How these laws are separate but complementary with regard to movement from volume-based to value-based Medicare reimbursement
  • Future directions including the potential impact of the proposed American Health Care Act

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The Republican Proposal to Replace the ACA: An Analysis

By Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

On March 6, 2017, the Republican leadership in the House introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in a move to begin repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  AHCA refers to two budget reconciliation bills that were introduced in the Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce committees. After passing out of their committees on a party line vote, the bills will be combined in the Budget committee then go to the House Rules committee for any amendments and a vote on the House Floor. Continue reading

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2017 General Health Professions Catalog

New in Health Professions

View the 2017 CatalogOur 2017 Health Professions academic catalog is now available! Browse new editions and request your review copies today. View the Catalog


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Author Recognition – Eric Shamus & Arie J. van Duijn

We are pleased to share that Jones & Bartlett Learning authors Eric Shamus, PT, DPT, PhD and Arie J. van Duijn, PT, EdD, OCS have been chosen as the 43rd honorees of the Florida Gulf Coast University Author Series. Each month, one textbook written or contributed by an FGCU faculty member is selected for recognition. In March 2017, they will recognize Manual Therapy of the Extremities

Dr. Shamus began as a faculty member at FGCU in 2011 and currently holds the position of Department Chair for the Department of Rehabilitation. Dr. van Duijn is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Webinar: Undergraduate Public Health Education: 2017 Update

Join us for this free webinar on Tuesday March 7 at 2:00 PM EST.

2017_riegelman_webinarRichard K. Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD, will present an update on the current status of undergraduate Public Health education in the U.S.

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In this webinar, you’ll learn about: Opportunities to connect and develop; What’s new and what’s coming in curriculum; Trends in Community Colleges and Public Health; New expectations from CEPH

Richard K. Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD, is the Founding Dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He is the editor of the Jones & Bartlett Learning Essential Public Health Series and the Health Navigation Series as well as the lead author of Public Health 101, 2nd Edition and the new supplement: One Health: From AIDS to Zika.

If you would like to attend, but you are not available at this time, please join the Public Health & Health Administration Faculty Lounge community on LinkedIn. A recording of this along with all our spring webinars will be posted on the Lounge.

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Aphasia Rehabilitation: Live Webinar March 1st

Join us for a Discussion of Contemporary Clinical Aphasiology: 
Wednesday, March 1st 2PM EST

Hear from authors and experts Patrick Coppens, PhD, CCC-SLP and Janet Patterson, PhD, CCC-SLP as they discuss important clinical issues in aphasia rehabilitation. The speakers will provide a broad overview of current, evidence-based clinical thinking on a variety of topic areas, as well as advice and examples for implementation in clinical practice. Several treatment components will be discussed, with special focus on Generalization and Treatment Intensity. This webinar is an ideal learning opportunity for clinicians, instructors and students.


About the Speakers
Patrick Coppens and Janet Patterson are both co-authors of the recently published text Aphasia Rehabilitation: Clinical Challenges.

Dr. Patrick Coppens is a full-time professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh where he teaches graduate neurogenics courses. Dr. Coppens was born and educated in Brussels, Belgium, where he acquired an undergraduate degree in Germanic Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Neurolinguistics. His doctorate in Communication Disorders and Sciences was awarded at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Dr. Coppens has 20 years of experience teaching and conducting research in the area of aphasia. He has published and presented extensively in his area of expertise and has edited and contributed to a prior volume entitled Aphasia in Atypical Populations.

Dr. Janet Patterson the Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the VA Northern California Health Care System.

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