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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      October 12, 2017
CAPG Colloquium 2017
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  "Even though ACO providers say they are preparing for and assuming risk, the care delivery system is not advancing as quickly as the payment system reforms. In order for these payment models to be successful, providers need to change the way they deliver care." 

-Kate de Lisle, Senior Analyst, Leavitt Partners
  The suburbs are home to about 44% of the population, and 38% of the uninsured population. Initially the uninsured rate was lower in the suburbs, but by 2015 that gap had closed, so that the number of those with coverage was about the same as those in suburban and urban areas. Previously, the uninsured rate was flat from 2005 to 2010, and then decreased, the study said. The Health Affairs study used national survey data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey of adults 18 to 64 years old for the years 2005 to 2015.

Source: Healthcare Finance News
  President Trump Taking Action to Improve Access, Increase Choices
White House October 12, 2017
Trumpís Order Advances GOP Go-To Ideas To Broaden Insurance Choices
Kaiser Health News, October 12, 2017
Trump taps Eric Hargan as acting HHS secretary
Politico, October 11, 2017
Battle over drug prices shifts back to the states
The Hill, October 11, 2017
Healthcare spending growth drops below 4% for first time since 2014
Becker's Hospital Review, October 11, 2017
Employer Insurance Enrollment, Member Engagement Stagnated in 2016
HealthPayer Intelligence, October 10, 2017
MGMA 2017: CMSí Kate Goodrich says expect final MACRA rule soon
Fierce Healthcare, October 10, 2017
Partisan politics blocking any real reform of ACA: Stupak
The Daily Mining Gazette, October 10, 2017
Delivery system reform hampers ACO progress on risk-based contracts
Modern Healthcare, October 10, 2017
Amazon Is Headed for the Prescription-Drug Market, Analysts Say
Bloomberg, October 6, 2017
  Mobile Clinics Assume Greater Role in Preventive Care
The PEW Charitable Trusts, October 11, 2017

Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?
The New York Times, October 9, 2017
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  NAACOS & Leavitt Partners: Top 13 Areas of Focus for ACO's in 2017
1. Prevent readmissions/transt. care improvement - Approx. 58%
2. Management of chronic conditions - Approx. 56%
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Source: Health Affairs
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