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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      September 6, 2018
  
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  "Healthcare vendors are in a much better position now based on the current technology to be able to focus on interoperability issues. Legacy vendors need to come to grips with the fact that keeping closed systems is not going to be to their advantage."   
-Bob Fuller, Managing Partner, Clarity Insights
 
Factoid
 
The number of uninsured declined to 28.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, down from 29.3 in 2017, and 48.6 million in 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. About one in four Hispanics lacked coverage while 14.1 percent of non-Hispanic blacks, 8.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 6.1 percent of non-Hispanic Asians lacked coverage. The number of adults who lacked health insurance for more than one year declined from 32 million in 2010 to 14.9 million in the first quarter of this year.

Source: Fewer Americans Without Health Plans Since Obamacare Debut, Bloomberg
   
News 
  Hospitals Prepare To Launch Their Own Drug Company To Fight High Prices
NPR, September 6, 2018

Major Health-Industry Deals Move Closer to Approval
Bloomberg, September 5, 2018

Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Health Venture Picks Operating Chief
Bloomberg, September 4, 2018

High Stakes as Court Takes up ObamaCare Case
The Hill, September 4, 2018

Analysts Predict Marketplace Premiums Will Stabilize For 2019 Coverage
NPR, September 3, 2018

HealthPartners to Study Community Health Interventions
Star Tribune, August 31, 2018

Medicare ACOs Saved CMS $314 Million in 2017
Modern Healthcare, August 30, 2018

Obamacare Tied to Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations for Heart disease, Cancer
Reuters, August 29, 2018

Cutting Higher Payments to Long-Term Care Hospitals Could Save $4.6 billion
Modern Healthcare, August 27, 2018

Cigna Shareholders Approve Express Scripts Acquisition
Cigna, August 24, 2018

Mississippi to Test Limits of Medicaid Work Requirements
The Hill, August 23, 2018
 
 
 
Insights
  Analysis of Impacts of ACA's Tax on Health Insurance in Year 2020 and Later
Oliver Wyman, August 2018

How Modern Medicine Has Changed the Supreme Court
New York Times, August 31, 2018

How to Tame Health Care Spending? Look for One-Percent Solutions
New York Times, August 27, 2018

Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Others Have a Long Road Ahead in Healthcare
Modern Healthcare, August 27, 2018

Healthcare Ridesharing Makes Inroads in Lost Revenue
HealthLeaders, August 23, 2018
 
 
    
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Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, talks about the state of healthcare. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Markets."
 
    

 
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  Total savings of ACOs in Medicare shared-savings programs

1. 2017 - $1,094,544,348
2. 2016 - $651,943,651
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