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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - Charles Grassley

In a letter to CMS, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked what legal barriers are standing in the way of the agency making hospital inspections done by private accrediting organizations public, reigniting debate over a regulatory change hospitals strongly opposed earlier this year.

 - HealthSun logo

Insurance giant Anthem has announced it will acquire Florida Medicare Advantage plan HealthSun, which could add 40,000 members from the Miami metropolitan area to Anthem’s affiliated Medicare and Medicaid plans in the state.

 - CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, said the Trump administration will take the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in a “new direction,” claiming the policies under the last administration encouraged consolidation and providers need more “freedom” to design new care delivery models.

Penalizing hospitals if patients are readmitted shortly after being discharged has appeared to work in change facilities' approach to care, according to WUNC’s look at several hospitals in the Triangle region of North Carolina.

 - Insurance

Group market insurance plans had premiums increase by an average of 3 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year of a single-digit hike and well below the 20 percent jump in non-group market premiums, while employers continue to search for ways to cut costs through different sites of care and wellness programs.

 - Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM

The board of regents at the University of Texas (UT) finalized the selection of Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM, as the next president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role which has sat vacant since the departure of Ronald DePinho, MD.

 - Senate chamber

Once thought to be the policy equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the Graham-Cassidy bill appears to have gained momentum—and with it, extra attention from healthcare industry groups like the American Medical Association (AMA) that have opposed Republicans’ so-far unsuccessful efforts to repeal the law.

 - CareCosts

More than half (51 percent) of hospital and health system executives responding to a Kaufman Hall survey said they have either no cost reduction goals or a goal of only a 1 percent to 5 percent reduction in the next five years.

Medicare spending could be reduced by $3.1 billion annually through enhanced care coordination and effective population health management from a nationwide, integrated health information exchange (HIE).

Philanthropists Susan and Henry Samueli have donated $200 million to the University of California, Irvine to establish new health sciences school focused on integrated healthcare delivery in their name.