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The American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives by 217-213 on May 4.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll shows uninsured rate increased to 11.3% in the first quarter of 2017 from a record low of 10.9% in the last half of 2016.
CMS has granted the Pennsylvania Department of Health $10 million in startup funds to set up its new alternative payment model for Medicare in rural hospitals. The model will be tested over seven years, four of which will be partially funded by CMS.
CMS has released 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D payment rates, announcing a 0.45% average rate increase. According to CMS, the changes made aim at providing benefit flexibility and efficiency which will allow Medicare enrollees to choose the care that best fits their health needs.
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority released an in-depth analysis of health information technology (HIT) related medication errors. The report indicates that 889 medication-error events were reported by health care facilities between January 1 and June 30, 2016, all of which indicated health information technology as a contributing factor.
Two separate studies investigated why consumers respond to high-deductible plans by using less healthcare services, which in turn leads to a decrease in doctor visits and clinical laboratory test orders.
CMS’ newest Medicaid managed care final rule will prevent increases in pass-through payments as well as the addition of new pass-through payments beyond those in place when the pass-through payment transition periods were established.
Following a 51 to 48 vote in the Senate, House members on January 13 voted 227 to 198 to advance repeal of the Affordable Care Act in a budget resolution bill.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has approved recommendations calling for health care provider payment increases in FY2018.
CMS has announced a new global capitation model for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania. Under the new model participating critical access hospitals and acute care hospitals will receive all-payer global budgets for a fixed amount of money that is set in advance and funded by all participating insurers, to cover inpatient and outpatient services.
UnitedHealth Group has announced plans for its health services unit, Optum, to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). Under the acquisition, Optum would add to its footprint SCA 205 surgical facilities, which SCA operates in partnership with thousands of surgeons in 33 states.
A new study from Harvard Medical School claiming to have found “meaningful” improvements in quality, outcomes, and spending for all patients in the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) between suggests binding insurers’ physician payments to quality metrics can narrow disparities between low- and higher-income patients.
As mandated by section 1115A(g) of the Social Security Act, the CMS Innovation Center recently released its third Report to Congress. The report highlights activities between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016, but also highlights a number of important activities started during that time period that were announced between September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
As senate and legislative efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pick-up, the American Medical Association sent a letter to congressional leaders called on lawmakers to outline plans to replace the ACA before they repeal the law. Despite these efforts, it was recently announced that 8.8 million U.S. residents have signed up for health plans through the federal exchange.
Effective January 1, physician assistants and nurse practitioners practicing in Florida will be allowed to prescribe medications without physician oversight.
A report released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) states, over a four-year span, New Jersey has received an estimated $95 million in improper Medicaid payments. According to the report, “The deficiencies occurred because the state … did not adequately monitor [its] partial care services program to ensure that providers complied with [the program’s] requirements.”
New York based clinicians participating in the regional health information organization serving the western part of the state, HEALTHeLINK, are now able to access health data for patients who are between 10 and 17 years old with parents or legal guardians signed consent.
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is urging healthcare and political leaders to continue value-based care progress made under the Affordable Care Act, including value-based care progress after MACRA implementation through universal coverage, the CMS Innovation Center, interoperable health IT, and patient-centered care.
Continuing efforts to make picking a plan easier, the federal government is encouraging insurers to offer “simple choice plans” as an option when the 2017 open Enrollment starts in November. The six new standardized plan designs aim to eliminate many of the moving parts that have plagued consumers trying to make comparisons between similar plans.
A new Kaiser/HRET survey reveals the average deductible for employer-sponsored health plans has risen 12% this year to $1,478 annually, and has exceeded $2,000 at small businesses. The analysis illustrates the shift between plan types, showing 29% of all employees are now in high-deductible plans compared to 20% in 2014, while those employees in higher cost PPO plans have gone down from 58% in 2014to 48% in 2016.