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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      January 4, 2017
The Efficient Billing Imperative
  Sponsor Message
  "Making cuts to the program, like those [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] has put forward, will dramatically threaten access to health care for many communities with vulnerable patients. We are disappointed in this decision from the court and will continue our efforts in the Courts and the Congress to reverse these significant cuts to the 340B (Medicare drug discount) program." 

-Rick Pollack, President & CEO, AHA
  Health Affairs researchers analyzed data on more than 41,000 adults from 2013 and found that uninsured patients visit the ER about as frequently as insured patients, with 12.2% of the uninsured visiting the ER compared to 13.7% of insured patients. Uninsured people were less likely than those on Medicaid to go to the emergency department, as 29.3% of Medicaid enrollees went to the ER for care.

Source: Fierce Healthcare
  Trump administration proposes rule to expand association health plans
Modern Healthcare, January 4, 2018

Individual Insurance Market Performance in Late 2017
Kaiser Family Foundation, January 4, 2018

Despite Tax Reform, IRS to Enforce the ACAís Individual & Employer Mandates
ACA Times, January 3, 2018

Drugmakers raise 2018 U.S. prices, stick to self-imposed limits
Reuters, January 2, 2018
Brush With Death Leads Doctor To Focus On Patient Perspective
NPR, January 3, 2018

Credit rater predicts stable year for ObamaCare markets
The Hill, January 3, 2018
CMS rolls out a new QPP data submission system to reduce physician burden
Fierce Healthcare, January 3, 2018
White House greenlights CMS' crackdown on Medicare Advantage plans
Modern Healthcare, January 3, 2018

HHS updates rule on sharing patient substance use history
Becker's Hospital Review, January 3, 2018
FCC looks to expand funding for the Rural Health Care Program
Fierce Healthcare, January 3, 2018
Hospital groups dig in after cuts to discount drug program
The Hill, January 2, 2018
  Following The Affordable Care Act: A Look Back
Health Affairs Blog, January 2, 2018
Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care
NY Times, January 2, 2018
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Healthsprocket List 
  10 Healthcare Trends to Expect in 2018
1. The future of the GOP Healthcare bill
2. The ongoing shift to value from volume
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