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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      December 13, 2018
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  "Multiple quality measures are currently used to evaluate healthcare performance, which may be different across payers or settings. CMS and AHIP are committed to a collaborative effort to improve alignment and consensus around the most important, meaningful quality measures and to ensure that these are deployed across many settings in a unified approach. This will not only help patients better understand and evaluate their own healthcare, but will also reduce the burden and redundancy for clinicians and healthcare organizations.  
-Kate Goodrich, Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer
Hospital systems are increasingly acquiring primary care practices. In 2010, 41.6% of primary-care doctors worked in an independent practice; 27.7% worked in a hospital or healthcare system; and 30.7% worked in a medical group. In 2016, 43.5% worked in a hospital or healthcare system; 35.3% in an independent practice; and 21.2% in a medical group.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 2018
  The Year Ahead: Drug Pricing Efforts to Test Bipartisanship
The Hill, December 11, 2018

Study: 4.2 Million Uninsured People Eligible for Free ObamaCare Coverage
The Hill, December 11, 2018

Medicaid Transformation Project Expands to 24 Health Systems
Healthcare Informatics, December 6, 2018

Walgreens and FedEx Launching Next-Day Prescription Delivery Service
USA TODAY, December 6, 2018

Growth of Health Care Spending Slowed Last Year
New York Times, December 6, 2018

Judge Adds New Hurdle to CVS-Aetna Merger
The Hill, December 6, 2018

CVS Offers 'Guaranteed Net Cost' for Pharmacy Benefit Clients
Reuters, December 5, 2018

GlaxoSmithKline to Acquire Tesaro for $4.16 Billion
Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2018

CMS Changes to Hospital Ratings Don't Address Concerns
Modern Healthcare, December 3, 2018

CVS Ordered by U.S. Judge to Defend Consummating Aetna Deal
Bloomberg, December 3, 2018

Trump Administration Lays Out Healthcare Wish List
Washington Examiner, December 3, 2018

CVS-Aetna Megamerger Complete
HealthLeaders, November 28, 2018

Seattle’s Polyclinic to Join UnitedHealth Group
Seattle Times, November 28, 2018

  Key Facts About the Uninsured Population
Kaiser Family Foundation, December 7, 2018

Amazon Push into Health Data Analytics Inspires Awe — and Skepticism
Politico, December 5, 2018

Hacking Health Care: How Tech Will Drive Down Costs
Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2018

Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 2018

AHIP, CMS, & National Quality Forum Officially Formalize CQMC
AHIP, December 4, 2018
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Health care’s road ahead after the midterms
  Reducing the Cost of Health Care with Scott W. Atlas: Perspectives on Policy

Broad access to quality health care starts with making it less expensive. In order to lower cost and improve quality, we should not only eliminate harmful regulations but provide consumers with the incentive to consider different costs. Expanding the supply of medical services would also stimulate competition. Effective reform would put patients in charge of their own spending, while giving them a way to gain from paying less.

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  Commonwealth Fund: Premium and Deductible Cost Sharing

1. Average employee premium contributions for single and family plans amounted to nearly 7 percent of U.S. median income in 2017, up from 5 percent in 2008.
2. In 11 states, premium contributions were 8 percent of median income or more, with a high of 10.2 percent in Louisiana.
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Source: CBNC
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