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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      January 19, 2017

The Fifteenth Annual Future Care Web Summit

  Sponsor Message
  "HHS’s minor changes to the appeals process fall short of the major reforms necessary to clear the backlog as required by recent court order, We will work with HHS to identify significant changes to the Medicare audits and appeals processes that will alleviate the burden on hospitals and – most importantly – prevent this from happening again." 

- Tom Nickels, Executive Vice President, AHA
  According to a Congressional Budget Office Report. The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the bill. Later, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and of subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA marketplaces, that number would increase to 27 million, and then to 32 million in 2026. Premiums in the nongroup market would increase by 20% to 25%. The increase would reach about 50% in the year following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion and the marketplace subsidies, and premiums would about double by 2026.

Source: CBO, January, 2017
  Despite ACA uncertainty, UnitedHealth Q4 profit soars on membership growth
Modern Healthcare, January 17, 2017

Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds
The New York Times, January 17, 2017
  359K Clinicians to Join CMS Alternative Payment Models in 2017
RevCycle Intelligence, January 19, 2017

UnitedHealthcare Adopts Bundled Payment Model for Surgeries
HealthPayer Intelligence, January 19, 2017

Poll shows split on Obamacare
The Hill, January 18, 2017

Obama administration dials back patient consent restrictions on Common Rule
Modern Healthcare, January 18, 2017

HHS Finalizes Solutions to Decrease Medicare Appeals Backlog
RevCycle Intelligence, January 17, 2017

Sky-High Prices For Orphan Drugs Slam American Families And Insurers
Kaiser Health News, January 17, 2017

Partial ACA repeal could increase uninsured by 32M
Fierce Healthcare, January 17, 2017

House passes budget measure paving way for ACA repeal
Fierce Healthcare, January 13, 2017
  CMS Finalizes Reforms for Medicare Appeals Process
Rac Monitor, January 18, 2017
  How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured
Health Affairs, January 18, 2017
  Fearing insurer exits, GOP mulls temporary subsidy funding
Fierce Healthcare,, January 16, 2017
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  Karen Appold: 4 Challenges Healthcare Executives Will Face in 2017

1. Complying with new government requirements and mandates
2. Implementing Value-Based Reimbursement
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Source: Managed Healthcare Executive, December, 2016
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