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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. 

 

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5 things to know about the Patient Freedom Act

With the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the top of Republicans’ legislative to-do list in Congress, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Cassidy, MD, R-Louisiana, have proposed a plan that aims for a middle ground: allowing states that like or dislike the ACA to choose their own path.

Most doctors, even Trump supporters, oppose ACA repeal but favor changes

When it comes to repealing all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), primary care physicians are even less supportive of the idea than their patients, according to a new survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Tom Price’s second HHS Secretary hearing: 'Lower the temperature’ on ACA repeal debate

President Donald Trump’s selection to run HHS, US. Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Georgia, dealt with Democrats’ accusations of ducking policy questions while criticizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mandatory CMS programs and meaningful use of electronic health records in the second hearing on his nomination.

Trump’s ACA order: What does it do? Who’s in support?

On the first day of his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order suggesting federal agencies offer as many exemptions as possible to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate.

What Tom Price did—and didn’t—answer at first hearing as HHS nominee

Replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare reform, malpractice lawsuits and differing definitions of “coverage” versus “access” were all discussed in the first Senate hearing of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run HHS, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Georgia.

CBO: ACA repeal without replacement will send premiums, uninsured rates soaring

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed without being replaced, 18 million people would lose health insurance and non-group market premiums would increase by as much 25 percent in the first year, according to a Congressional Budget Office (COB) analysis.

Tom PriceCare? 5 healthcare reforms proposed by the HHS Secretary nominee

You don’t have to go back too far to find out what U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Georgia, may favor as a replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if he’s confirmed as HHS Secretary under President-elect Donald Trump.

All-payer model to be tested by rural Pennsylvania hospitals

Some $25 million in funding from CMS will help implement a new model for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania designed to improve access to care in less-populated areas and put struggling hospitals on more solid financial footing.

Q&A: Archway CEO Terry on bundles, how value-based care may thrive under Trump’s HHS

With a presidential transition bringing in a HHS Secretary opposed to mandatory bundled payment programs and other demonstrations at the agency, providers may be tempted to think the transition to value-based care may grind to a halt in the coming years. Not so, according to Archway Health CEO Dave Terry. 

5 strategic priorities for AHA from today to 2020

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released its strategic plan for the next three years, a time which will be filled “opportunities and challenges” that are “amplified in light of a new presidential administration and shifts in legislative activity.”

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