Gail R. Wilensky

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1 S everal recent reports have highlighted the mis-match between the health needs of the U.S. population and the specialty distribution of newly trained physicians, the continuing geographic maldistribu-tion of physicians within the country , inadequate diversity among physicians, gaps in physicians' skills for practicing in the new health care delivery(More)
A central health care–related policy question for the United States is whether the federal gov-ernment's role in financing graduate medical education (GME) increases the number of physicians trained and influences their specialty choices by subsidizing the cost of training. Total federal GME funding amounts to nearly $16 billion annually. Medicare is the(More)
There are several research issues which need further exploration if we are to better understand the implications of what appears to be increased levels of morbidity. Three general areas require additional research: the time of onset of chronic illness, the progression rate of illness, and the overlap and interaction between chronic and non-chronic(More)
Medicare Advantage: Issues, Insights, and Implications for the Future Paul Cotton, Joseph P. Newhouse, PhD, Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD, A. Mark Fendrick, MD, Susan Lynne Oesterle, Pat Oungpasuk, Ruchi Aggarwal, Gail Wilensky, PhD, and Kathleen Sebelius Editorial    S-2 D.B. Nash, and A.Y. Schwartz The History, Impact, and Future of the Medicare Advantage Star(More)
One of the most contentious health care issues of the past decade—aside from debating the merits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—is whether there is a looming shortage of physicians and, if so, what its magnitude will be. What appears to be clear is that past studies and projections have produced highly variable and frequently contradictory responses and(More)
Health care spending and more importantly, health care spending growth rates, are unsustainable. Past strategies of price controls, reliance on administered pricing for Medicare and the dominance of a la carte fee for service reimbursement have been part of the problem and do not represent promising strategies for the future. Too much time has been spent(More)
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