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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

How Medicaid spending limits or block grants could affect care

Both the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have discussed turning Medicaid into block grants managed by states, but such a major shift in funding could reduce eligibility and coverage under the program.

ACP promises to oppose Trump if policies hurt physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP) said it sees both opportunities and challenges to working with President-elect Donald Trump, according to a post-election letter to its members.

ACA repeal could start in January, liberal group warns it would ‘unravel’ market

Republicans in Congress are aiming to start eliminating aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its regulations on “Day 1” of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Mayo Clinic CEO: Healthcare isn’t ‘freaking out’ over replacing ACA

As President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress debate how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, MD, feels a key concern has been forgotten: the health of patients.

5 things to know from AMA’s interim meeting

The American Medical Association’s interim meeting included the adoption of policies on a variety of topics, including team-based care, interoperability, value-based drug pricing and expanding research on head injuries. Here are some highlights from the policy discussions:

Obama, Burwell defend ACA after Trump’s win

President Barack Obama and HHS Sylvia Burwell took time to weigh in on plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in some of their first comments since Donald Trump’s surprising win in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

4 contenders for Trump’s HHS Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has outlined healthcare changes, particularly the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as one of the top priorities of his administration, so his pick to run HHS will be a crucial indicator of how quickly and cleanly he may proceed with his repeal-and-replace promises.

Trump hints at ACA compromise

In his first interview since winning the presidency, President-elect Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal he favors keep certain popular portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though he campaigned on a promise to fully repeal the law.

The Trump transition for healthcare: Who’s leading it, what associations want

As the initial shock of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential race wears off, his HHS transition team now has a leader and major professional associations are reaching out with policy priorities—which for some groups may include fighting the president-elect’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

How state healthcare initiatives fared on Election Day

Besides the presidential election’s ramifications on the healthcare industry, there were several important ballot initiatives affecting health policy across the country. 

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