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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      April 20, 2017

The Accountable Care Directory 2017

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  "Eliminating the reimbursements to insurers for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies could result in insurer losses and solvency challenges. This could lead to insurers opting to withdraw, leading to severe market disruption and loss of coverage among individual market enrolleesóboth those receiving CSR subsidies and those not." 

-Shari Westerfield, Vice President, Health Practice Council at the American Academy of Actuaries
  The venture capital firm Venrock queried 274 executives from across the healthcare industry and found that 40% expect the ACA to be repaired, versus 20% who predict repeal and replace. 32% percent said lawmakers will likely rename the law. When asked which healthcare subsectors face the most challenges under the Trump administration, 66% said accountable care organizations and 62% said insurance. Likely to be least challenged are telemedicine (12%) and wearables/consumer sensors (10%)

Source: HC Dive
Boost Healthcare Competition to Drive Down Prices, Up Quality
RevCycle Intelligence, April 18, 2017
Survey: Insurers have 'cautious commitment' to ObamaCare market
The Hill, April 17, 2017

  Moderate, conservative GOP leaders say they are nearing healthcare deal
The Hill, April 20, 2017

Tom Price announces $485M in grants to combat opioid epidemic
Becker's Hospital Review, April 20, 2017
WHO checklist leads to fewer post-surgery deaths
Healthcare Finance News, April 19, 2017
Health subsidy demand jams up shutdown fight
The Hill, April 19, 2017
CMS Issues ACA Health Insurance Exchange Stabilization Rule
HealthPayer Intelligence, April 18, 2017
Insurers meet with Trump official to press for ObamaCare payments
The Hill, April 18, 2017
Theranos agrees not to operate labs for two years
SF Gate, April 17, 2017
  America Needs an Rx for Its Prescription Drug Prices
Morning Consult, April 18, 2017
  JAMA Forum: Is the Affordable Care Act Imploding?
JAMA, April 17, 2017
  Some Republicans Think They May Have A Health Care Deal
Huffington Post,, April 19, 2017
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Trump administration issues final rule on stricter Obamacare enrollment   Trump administration issues final rule on stricter Obamacare enrollment

The Trump administration on Thursday issued a final rule that will shorten the Obamacare enrollment period and give insurers more of what they say they need in the individual insurance market, likely making it harder for some consumers to purchase insurance, healthcare experts said.

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