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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      November 16, 2017
Quality Payment Programs in 2018: Medicare, MA Plans and Medicaid
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  "The health care community lost one of its greatest analysts this week with the passing of Uwe Reinhardt. Uwe was, without question, one of the most widely respected individuals in health care. His powerful intellect and ability to use humor to expose flaws in our ways of thinking won him admirers of all ages, backgrounds, and ideological stripes." 

-Nancy Chockley, President and CEO, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
  Healthcare spending increased by $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013, and service price and intensity accounted for more than half of it, according to a recent study by JAMA. Results showed that the largest increases were from service price and intensity (50%), but varied on type of care and health condition. Increase in population size accounted for a 23.1% increase in spending, while population aging was associated with 11.6%. Meanwhile, change in disease prevalence or incidence and service utilization were associated with a reduction in overall spending, but varied by condition category.

Source: AJMC
  Mandate repeal sparks fears of premium hikes
The Hill, November 16, 2017
Nearly 1.5 million sign up for ObamaCare in first 11 days
The Hill, November 15, 2017
Republicans May Target Entitlement Programs to Reduce Deficit
Associated Press via NY Times, November 8, 2017
Famed health economist Uwe Reinhardt dies
Modern Healthcare, November 14, 2017
CBO: Tax Plan Could Cut Medicare By $25 Billion
Roll Call, November 14, 2017
GOP targets health mandate in tax reform
The Hill, November 14, 2017
New AMA policy opposes removing ACA essential health benefits
Becker's Hospital Review, November 14, 2017
Brokers Are Reluctant Players In A Challenging ACA Open-Enrollment Season
Kaiser Health News, November 13, 2017
Insurer competition dips on ACA exchanges
Fierce Healthcare, November 13, 2017
Trump Administration Guiding Health Shoppers to Agents Paid by Insurers
The New York Times, November 11, 2017
  Collaborating At The Community Level Can Reduce Costs, and Improve Care
Health Affairs, November 14, 2017
How Value-Based Care is Changing the Healthcare Landscape
ICD 10 Monitor, November 14, 2017
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  Becker's: 5 Things to Know About HHS Pick Alex Azar
1. Mr. Azar is a former pharmaceutical executive
2. Despite his background in pharmaceuticals, not much is known about Mr. Azar's views on drug prices
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Source: Becker's Hospital Review
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