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CMS released the 2018 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule on April 14, promising “transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation to transform the Medicare program” in the first IPPS rule under a new CMS and HHS administration.

CMS has issued its final rule aimed at stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges, checking many items off insurers’ wish lists while leaving the most pressing issue—whether cost-sharing reduction subsidies will be funded—unsettled as insurers decided whether to participate in the individual market next year.

Stephen Parente, PhD, MPH, MS, brings a long resume as a health economist and policy expert. He’s spent the last 17 years at the University of Minnesota, currently holding the title of Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in the Carlson School of Management and director of the school’s Medical Industry Leadership Institute.

The average monthly premium for a benchmark silver-level plan on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace would need to be increased by 19 percent to compensate for lost cost-sharing subsides if the program isn’t funded by the Republican-controlled Congress for 2018.

While the debate over repealing, replacing or repairing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dominating discussion of healthcare policy in Washington these days, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has several other items on its advocacy agenda for 2017. 

 

Recent Headlines

Republicans policy brief offers few new details on ACA replacement

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is coming after the Presidents Day recess in Congress, but there are still disagreements between House Republicans on several key points of their own legislation.

5 things to know from questioning of Trump’s CMS nominee

Seema Verma, MPH, President Donald Trump’s pick to run CMS, faced questions about mandatory payment models, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and providers’ ability to take on risk-based arrangements in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

First Trump-era CMS rule seeks to keep insurers on ACA exchanges

The administration of President Donald Trump has issued its first proposed rule regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges, offering what health policy experts call “insurer-friendly” changes to keep companies from raising premiums or exiting the marketplace.

Risk corridor ruling could lead to $2.8 billion payout for insurers

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Oregon health insurer Moda Health in its lawsuit against the federal government over unpaid risk corridor payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision could open the floodgates for new insurer lawsuits to recoup some of the billions of dollars owed under the program. 

CNN healthcare debate centers on ACA repeal vs. single-payer system

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, put their widely different takes on healthcare on display in an Affordable Care Act (ACA)-focused debate on CNN.

An ACA appeal would be a serious threat to value-based care

The surprise of Donald Trump’s presidential victory was not lost on healthcare leaders, even during a busy RSNA 2016 in Chicago. 

Trump on ACA repeal: 'Maybe it'll take until some time into next year'

President Donald Trump pushed back the timeline for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying it could take until 2018 and calling the process “very complicated” in a Feb. 5 interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

2017 Healthcare.gov enrollment down after ads pulled in final week

CMS said 9.2 million people signed up for health coverage through the federal Healthcare.gov site during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31, down from 9.6 million reported to have signed up last year. 

Trump’s HHS nominee advanced after Republicans change committee rules

A day after Senate Democrats boycotted a confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee for HHS Secretary, the Senate Finance Committee move the nomination to the full Senate anyway by suspending the typical committee procedures. 

Senate Dems boycott vote on Price as HHS Secretary

The Senate finance committee scheduled a hearing for Tuesday morning to vote on the confirmation of Tom Price, MD, as the next HHS Secretary. Democrats, however, did not show up.

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