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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      October 18, 2018
Ninth Annual Accountable Care Web Summit
  Sponsor Message
  "The combination of CVS and Aetna creates an enormous market force that we haven't seen before. This type of consolidation in a market already dominated by a few, powerful players, presents the very real possibility of reduced competition that harms consumer choice and quality."  
-George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
A national poll of 1,200 randomly selected adults by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26% did not have a primary care provider. There was a pronounced difference among age groups: 45% of 18- to 29-year-olds had no primary care provider; compared with 28% of those 30 to 49; 18% of those 50 to 64; and 12% age 65 and older.

Source: Spurred By Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn The ‘Family Doctor’ Model
  Obama Officials, Athenahealth Execs Launch Medicare Plan
Bloomberg, October 16, 2018

J&J Says Putting Drug Prices in Ads May Scare Away Patients
Bloomberg, October 16, 2018

Influential Leapfrog Group Jumps In To Rate 5,600 Surgery Centers
Kaiser Health News, October 16, 2018

Trump issues rule to require drug prices in TV ads, rejecting industry plan
Politico, October 15, 2018

Medicare Advantage Riding High As New Insurers Flock To Sell To Seniors
Kaiser Health News, October 15, 2018

Walgreens Touts Partnerships as Its Rivals Finish Massive Deals
Bloomberg, October 11, 2018

CVS-Aetna Deal That Aims to Overhaul Health Care Cleared
Bloomberg, October 10, 2018

No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices
Kaiser Health News, October 10, 2018

Doctors Give Medicare’s Proposal To Pay For Telemedicine Poor Prognosis
Kaiser Health News, October 10, 2018

Payers Partner with Trade Orgs to Roll Out Association Health Plans
HealthPayer Intelligence, October 9, 2018

Spurred By Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn The ‘Family Doctor’ Model
Kaiser Health News, October 9, 2018
  As Blue Wave Crests, Health Insurers Brace For 'Medicare For All' Push
Forbes, October 14, 201

Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care
AP via NY Times, October 15, 2018

Narrow health care networks aren't actually that common
Axios, October 12, 2018

New CMS Bundled Payment Model Recruits 1,300 Providers
HealthLeaders, October 9, 2018

Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Buy-In Proposals: Overview and Key Issues
KFF Issue Brief, October 9, 2018

Rethinking How Medicaid Patients Receive Care
Harvard Business Review, October 5, 2018
HealthshareTV video

U.S. Health Secretary Has Power To End Drug Rebates   What will CVS-Aetna mega-merger mean for consumer choice?

It's the latest merger between two major healthcare players that could affect tens of millions of Americans. Last week, CVS and insurance giant Aetna finalized a nearly $70 billion merger. The deal could impact where people get their care, how they get their drugs and how much choice they have. Judy Woodruff discusses with Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health.

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Healthsprocket List 
  Effects on low-income adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid

1. 22.3% needed, but couldn’t afford dental care
2. 21.4% delayed seeking care due to costs
3. Continue reading here

Source: Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care, Associated Press, October 15, 2018
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