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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      August 9, 2018
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  "Few really understand what you mean when you say single-payer. What they mean is, ‘I don’t think the current system is working.’”
-Dr. Frank Opelka, Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy, American College of Surgeons
  Looking at market concentration levels across the United States, for both providers and insurers, the concentration levels varied, typically between two concentration categories. For providers, the vast majority of the MSAs were at the concentrated end of the spectrum, either being highly concentrated (47.1%) or super concentrated (43.0%). By comparison, for insurers, almost all the MSAs fell into the middle categories, either being highly concentrated MSAs (54.5%) or moderately concentrated (36.9%).

Source: Market Concentration Variation of Health Care Providers and Health Insurers in the United States
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Bloomberg, August 9, 2018

Once Its Greatest Foes, Doctors Are Embracing Single-Payer
Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2018

U.S. to Boost Drug Price Negotiation in Medicare Advantage Health Plans
Reuters via NYTimes, August 7, 2018

Cigna ‘Dramatically Overpaying’ for Express Scripts, Icahn Says
Bloomberg, August 7, 2018

Express Scripts to Drop Dozens More Drugs from its Formulary Next Year
STAT, August 7, 2018

Medicaid Expansion Making Diabetes Meds More Accessible To Poor, Study Shows
California HealthLine, August 6, 2018

Insurance Companies Approach Trump Health Plans Cautiously
Associated Press via CNBC, August 6, 2018

Trump Admin. Backs Off Plan to Reduce Reporting on Hospital Infections, Safety
USA Today, August 3, 2018

Trump Administration Loosens Restrictions On Short-Term Health Plans
KHN, August 1, 2018

To Tame Prescription Prices, HHS Dips A Toe Into Drug Importation Stream
KHN, August 1, 2018

Walgreens Unveils New Digital Platform to Connect Patients to Doctors
Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2018
  Changes To Drug Prices: Gestures And Real Policy Shifts
Forbes, August 7, 2018

Gawande Says Health Venture is Not Seeking Profits. But Who Will it Benefit?
STAT, August 6, 2018

Market Concentration Variation of Health Care Providers, Insurers in America
Commonwealth Fund, July 30, 2018

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