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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      July 26, 2018
  
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  “The evidence is overwhelming at this point: Mergers solve some problems for hospitals, but they don’t make health care less expensive or better. In fact, prices usually go up.”
 
 
-Martin Gaynor, Professor of Economics and Health Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
 
Factoid
 
  Medicare now recognizes five levels of office visits, with Level 5 involving the most comprehensive medical history and physical examination of a patient, and the most complex decision making by the doctor. Medicare payment rates for new patients now range from $76 for a Level 2 office visit to $211 for a Level 5 visit. A new administration proposal would establish a single new rate of about $135.

Source: NY Times, July 22, 2018
 
   
News 
  Rx Apps are Gaining Ground, and Drug Makers’ Backing, as Digital Therapeutics
STAT, July 25, 2018

Trump Admin Restarts Key ObamaCare Payments
The Hill, July 24, 2018

Profiles For Sale: How Bits Of Captured Data Paint a Picture Of Your Health
Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2018

UnitedHealth Plans to Bet Bigger in Texas
Star Tribune, July 23, 2018

Health Care Industry Branches into Fresh Meals, Rides to Gym
AP via ABCNews, July 23, 2018

Trump Battle Over Drug Prices Heats Up
The Hill, July 22, 2018

Sniffles? Cancer? Under Medicare Plan, Payments Would Be Same for Both
New York Times, July 22, 2018

Merck Joins the List of Drug Makers Agreeing to Freeze or Lower Some Prices
Stat, July 19, 2018

Trump Promised Them Better, Cheaper Health Care. It’s Not Happening.
Politico, July 19, 2018

Health-Care Coverage Is Increasingly Determined by Where You Live
Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2018
 
 
 
Insights
  Deja Voodoo: Pharma’s Promises To Curb Drug Prices Have Been Heard Before
Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2018

Can A Small Hospital Stay True To Its Mission After a Sale To Large Corporation?
Kaiser Health News, July 23, 2018

CEO Gawande's First Task: Road Trip to Hear About Workers’ Health Challenges
Stat, July 19, 2018

How Consumers Are Faring in the Individual Health Insurance Markets
Commonwealth Fund, July 18, 2018
 
 
    
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  States Without, And Not Considering Medicaid Expansion as of July 2018

1. Alabama
2. Florida
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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation: Status of State Action on the Medicaid Expansion Decision
 
      
 
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