What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump’s first year, court battle brewing over work rules for Medicaid, Trump administration says states may impose work requirements for Medicaid, House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill, and lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices.

By Andy Tofilon • January 17, 2018

Top highlights this week include: CMS launches new voluntary bundled-payment model; in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, hospital closures have spiked; despite prod by ACA, tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits; charity care spending flat among top hospitals; and hospitals nationally hit hard by Medicare’s safety penalties.

By Andy Tofilon • January 10, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Tax on medical devices to resume, new drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017, Minnesota’s ‘one-stop shopping’ health care model, House gears up for 340B oversight push, and pharma under attack for drug price.

By Andy Tofilon • January 3, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Flurry of health care deals reflects shift away from hospitals, U.S. lifts moratorium on funding controversial, high-risk virus research, epidemic of screening burdens nation’s older patients, Senate GOP pushes off Obamacare bills until January, and GOP fails to pressure hospitals on community benefits.

By Andy Tofilon • December 27, 2017

Top highlights this week include: No deal on children’s health plan, Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges, words banned at multiple HHS agencies, FDA officials to target high-risk alternative remedies, and medical mergers in Minnesota are on the rise.

By Andy Tofilon • December 20, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Sign-ups pick up in Obamacare open enrollment, insurers on pace to record Obamacare profits for first time, “Cadillac tax” is sticking point for Congress, hospital giants in talks to merge to create nation’s largest operator, and short-term funding goes out to some health centers.

By Andy Tofilon • December 13, 2017

Top highlights this week include: CVS-Aetna deal could start a health takeover run, rural hospitals balk as insurers narrow coverage sites, Trump health nominee embraces Obamacare programs, doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, and 53% of docs still not transitioning to value-based care.

By Andy Tofilon • December 6, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Lawmakers making progress in talks on children’s health care; insurers claim their costs will rise if states pick essential benefits; as health care changes, insurers, hospitals, and drugstores team up; groups make year-end push to delay Obamacare taxes; and U.S. HIV diagnoses improving.

By Andy Tofilon • November 29, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Economic cost of opioid crisis about $504 billion, Obamacare mandate repeal may not deliver predicted blow, improper Medicare payments drop by nearly $5 billion, about a third of Americans unaware of Obamacare open enrollment, and ACA federal enrollment surges by at least 47% this year.

By Andy Tofilon • November 22, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump picks Alex Azar to lead Health and Human Services, Medicare plan to cut hospital readmission is tied to more deaths, Trump health agency challenges consensus on reducing costs, pace of sign-ups under Affordable Care Act blows past prior years, and growth in health care prices slows to near-historic low.

By Andy Tofilon • November 15, 2017

Top highlights this week include: CVS will offer next-day delivery of prescription drugs, ACA sign-ups spike at open enrollment’s start, House votes to repeal Obamacare’s Medicare cost-cutting board, Medicare scraps future pay model for home health companies, and White House Opioid Commission calls for wide-ranging changes to anti-drug policies.

By Andy Tofilon • November 8, 2017

Top highlights this week include: MNsure and insurers seeking more sign-ups, Trump administration proposes health law benefit changes, Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the steady pace of health care deals, and some Affordable Care Act premiums set to jump for 2018.

By Andy Tofilon • November 1, 2017

Top highlights this week include: ACA enrollment schedule may lock millions into unwanted health plans, administration sends mixed signals on state health insurance waivers, Democratic officials seek fast rescue for Obamacare payments, competition among health insurers is shrinking, and few changes in Medicare plans for 2018.

By Andy Tofilon • October 25, 2017