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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      April 5, 2018
Technology as a Transformational Force for Healthcare Payers
  Sponsor Message
  "We’re looking forward to exploring how blockchain technology can make the process more efficient while reducing costs, ideally to build investments that can enhance the provider and patient experiences."

-David Murtagh, VP of Operations, MultiPlan
  According to a recent poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation. About one-fifth of non-group enrollees (19%) are aware the mandate penalty has been repealed but is still in effect for this year. Regardless of the lack of awareness, nine in ten non-group enrollees say they intend to continue to buy their own insurance even with the repeal of the individual mandate. About one-third (34%) say the mandate was a “major reason” why they chose to buy insurance.

Source: KFF, "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - March 2018"
  MultiPlan, Humana, 3 Other Healthcare Groups Launch Blockchain Pilot
Cryptovest, April 5, 2018
Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions Activity Strong in Q1 of 2018
RevCycle Intelligence, April 5, 2018
Unitedhealth's Optum Completes Acquisition of Reliant Medical Group for $28m
Becker's Hospital Review, April 4, 2018
Digital Health Funding Continues Its Strong Trajectory in 2018
Fierce Healthcare, April 4, 2018
Unitedhealth, Anthem Shares up on Possible Walmart-Humana Merger
Becker's Hospital Review, April 4, 2018
The Politics of ACA Rate Hikes Will Be 2016 in Reverse
Axios, April 3, 2018
CMS Tweaks Opioid Proposal After Backlash
The Hill, April 3, 2018
U.S. Obamacare 2018 Exchange Enrollment Drops 3 Percent
Reuters, April 3, 2018
Health Policy Experts Voice Ways to Tame Rising Drug Costs, Protect Patients
AJMC, April 3, 2018
  Conversation is Essential in Healthcare
MedPage Today, April 3, 2018

4 of 5 Americans Want Lower Drug Costs
MultiBriefs, April 3, 2018
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  Top 5 Problems for Marketplace Enrollees During Recent Enrollment Period

1. Setting up or logging into an account to sign up or renew coverage: 15%
2. Comparing the different health plans available to you: 15%
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Source: KFF, "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - March 2018"
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