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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      June 1, 2017

Case Studies in Cardiac, Oncology and Orthopedics. Reducing Readmissions for Bundled Payments

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  "While the (AHCA) may open the door for more junk insurance, it is perhaps even more likely to close the door for the comprehensive plans that we see today." 

-Teresa Miller, Insurance Commissioner, Pennsylvania
  According to data drawn from the AMAís Physician Practice Benchmark Surveys, 47.1% of physicians are practice owners. The same percentage of physicians are employed, while 5.9% are independent contractors. The data reflect a trend that has been evident in recent years. In 2012, the first year in which this AMA survey was conducted, 53.2% of physicians were owners. That figure dropped three percentage points to 50.8% in 2014.

Source: AMA Wire
  CMS chief: Medicaid needs reform, House healthcare bill 'outdated'
McKnight's, June 1, 2017

GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans
Kaiser Health News, May 31, 2017
Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemic
The Washington Post, May 31, 2017
In Washington state, a healthcare repeal lesson learned the hard way
Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2017
Express Scripts Sues Maker of Overdose Drug, Intensifying Feud
The New York Times, May 31, 2017
EpiPen maker may have overcharged Medicaid by $1.27B
The Hill, May 31, 2017
Consumer Advocates Wary Of New Marketplace Rules For Brokers
Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2017
Senate faces difficult path to consensus on healthcare
The Hill, May 29, 2017
  Dismantling ACA Contraceptive Puts Employers in Charge of Womenís Health
Human Rights Campaign, May 31, 2017
  3 Health Care Trends That Donít Hinge on the ACA
Harvard Business Review, May 25, 2017
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States need more flexibility from health care reform, says Arkansas governor   States need more flexibility from health care reform, says Arkansas governor

As the Senate begins to write its own health care reform bill, itís finding some crucial differences of opinion over the legislation passed by the House to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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  KFF: 6 Key Points from the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, May 2017

1. 55% of the public holds an unfavorable view of the AHCA
2. 55% want the Senate either to make major changes to the House-passed bill or not pass it all
3. Continue reading here

Source: KFF
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