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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      December 7, 2017
Provider Coding Accuracy in Commercial Value Based Contracts
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-Larry C. Renfro, Chief, Optum
  Duke University looked at the pricing information available online for four nonemergency medical interventions. Of the 1,346 sites that were not advertisements, 21.9% were price transparency sites relevant to the particular intervention, 28.4% linked to individual providers or clinics, 7.4% offered quality information but no prices, 27.6% offered generic information and 17.4% provided unrelated information.

Source: JAMA
  Democrats sound alarm over CVS-Aetna deal
The Hill, December 7, 2017

UnitedHealth Is Buying a Major Doctor Group on the Heels of the CVS-Aetna Deal
Fortune, December 6, 2017

Warner, Kaine send another letter urging CHIP reauthorization
CBS19 News, December 6, 2017

Ignoring Community Health Centers Would Punish State Economies, Report Says
US News, December 5, 2017

States get Medicaid savings from social services, outreach to sickest patients
USA TODAY, December 5, 2017

Providers See CMS Continuing Value-Based Care Push Despite Project Rollbacks
Morning Consult, December 5, 2017

ACA mandate repeal may be less popular than GOP thinks
AXIOS, December 5, 2017
Fail of the Year: Healthcare reform
HR Dive, December 4, 2017
Healthcare prices hard to find online
Reuters, December 4, 2017
  Repealing the Obamacare Mandate Now Makes Sense
Bloomberg, December 6, 2017

UnitedHealth's Splish Beats CVS-Aetna's Splash
Bloomberg, December 6, 2017
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Healthcare Reform  What is Happening?   CVS Health to Purchase Aetna in $67.5 Billion Deal

CVS Health Corp. has agreed to a $67.5 billion takeover of Aetna Inc. that would merge drugstores, benefits plans, and insurance in one company. Bloomberg's Aaron Kirchfeld reports on "Bloomberg Surveillance."

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  Nathaniel Weixel: Five questions for the CVS-Aetna dea
1. Will it be approved?
2. Will it lead to lower drug prices?
3. Continue reading here

Source: The Hill
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