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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      August 25, 2016
  

MACRA Positioning for Plans and Providers

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"The integration of blockchain into the healthcare system still has a long way to go before its potential can be fully realized. The good news is that the healthcare industry has already started to embrace the transformational power of technology."- Micah Winkelspecht, CEO, Gem
 

Factoid
  According to budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office, spending for the major government healthcare programs will rise by 6%, in 2016. The CBO estimates fiscal year 2016 will be the first time since 2009 the federal budget deficit will increase in relation to economic output. Outlays for the Medicare program are expected to increase by 6%, this year. Medicaid outlays are expected to increase by 4%, this year. Outlays for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and health insurance exchange subsidies will climb $5 billion, this year.

Source: Becker's Hospital Review

Research
Majority of Americans would contribute data to PMI cohort
Health Data Management, August 24, 2016

News 
Providers Save Healthcare Costs via Medication Adherence
RevCycle Intelligence, August 24, 2016

NIH launches program to study social health disparities
Modern Healthcare, August 24, 2016

ObamaCare is the last chance for private health insurance
The Hill, August 22, 2016

Feds plan to investigate more healthcare breaches
Health Data Management, August 22, 2016

Medicare Prescription Drug Spending Jumps 17 Percent In 2014
Kaiser Health News, August 19, 2016

   
Blogs
The millennial impact on healthcare tech: Convenience rules
Silicon Angle, August 24, 2016


GOP is calling for IPAB repeal for the wrong reasons
The Hill, August 23, 2016
 

Tweets
    CMS releases second annual prescription drug cost data
Health Data Management, https://twitter.com/HDMmagazine
August 23, 2016
   
HealthshareTV video
 
ACA Best Practices: Why You Canít Take a Vacation From ACA Compliance
 
  Aetna announces it will leave health care markets in 11 states

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect three years ago, more than 20 million more Americans have obtained health coverage. But this week, Aetna -- one of the nation's largest private insurers -- decided to drop out of Affordable Care Act markets next year in 11 states, leaving consumers there with fewer options. Bloomberg healthcare reporter Zach Tracer joins Allison Stewart.

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Healthsprocket List 
5 Highly Paid Hospital CEOs

1. Trevor Fetter, Tenet Healthcare, Earned $15 million in 2015
2. Michael Dowling, Northwell Health, Earned $10 million in 2014
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Source: Health Line
      
 
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