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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      July 12, 2018
  
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  ďThe quickest way to get a bang for your buck in cost control in health care is for purchasers of care to negotiate better prices, and thatís what limits them in local markets ó they donít have enough purchasing power. If you canít negotiate better prices, the alternative is to send your consumers to places that charge lower prices.Ē
 
 
- David Blumenthal, President, Commonwealth Fund
 
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  In July 2017, 42,000 people in 61 counties were at risk of having no choice of insurance carriers for 2018. The number of carriers who filed to participate in the exchanges for 2018 dropped to 132, down from 167 a year earlier. For 2019, insurers are entering (or returning to) at least a dozen states, while others are expanding their presence in the states in which they operate.

Source: CNN: Insurers Aren't Running Scared from Obamacare Anymore
 
   
News 
  Startups Look to Mainstream Medical Tourism
Bloomberg, July 12, 2018

Trump Administration Cuts Grants to Help people get Obamacare
Reuters, July 10, 2018

Pfizer Will Roll Back Drug Prices After Discussion with Trump
Politico, July 10, 2018

Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments
New York Times, July 7, 2018

Amazon Is Already Undercutting Prices on Over-the-Counter Pills
Bloomberg, July 6, 2018

Drugmakers Try Evasion, Tougher Negotiations to Fight New U.S. Insurer Tactic
Reuters, July 5, 2018

CMS Gives Providers a Week to Decide About Jumping into BPCI Advanced
Healthcare Finance, July 5, 2018

1996 to 2013 Saw Large Increase in Diabetes Spending
Physician's Briefing, July 5, 2018

Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Kaiser Health News, July 5, 2018

CVS Health CEO 'Surprised' by Azar's Comments on Drug Prices
The Hill, July 3, 2018

Chronic Pain Patients, Getting New Attention from Top at FDA
USA TODAY, July 2, 2018


 
 
Insights
  Startups Lead a New Rush Into Obamacare's Now-Profitable Markets
Bloomberg, July 10, 2018

What India Can Teach the U.S. About Driving Down the Cost of Health Care
STAT, July 10, 2018

Here are the Most, and Least, Expensive Cities for Prescription Medications
GoodRx, July 6, 2018

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill
New York Times, July 3, 2018
 
    
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  Casey Ross: 5 Challenges Facing Atul Gawande as CEO of New Health Venture

1. Controlling costs while improving quality
2. Lowering hospital prices
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