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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      May 10, 2018
Deloitte Research: MA and Medicaid Managed Care Trends
  Sponsor Message
  "Today, we have 30-40% of our Medicare population in Medicare Advantage. And 75% of the largest health insurance population in the country, 70 million people—are involved in managed care plans, driving the cost down. And generally speaking, when a Medicare patient is admitted to a hospital, the hospital loses money—perhaps $5,000 on an admission. But if you could spend money bringing people their prescriptions, bringing them to clinics, and you could drive down costs, that would be a great investment."

-Andy Slavitt, Former Administrator, CMS
  The uninsured rate among working-age people — that is, those who are between 19 and 64 — is at 15.5%, up from 12.7% in 2016, meaning an estimated 4 million people lost coverage. Rates were up significantly compared with 2016 among adults with lower incomes — those living in households earning less than 250% of poverty (about $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a family of four.)

Source: The Commonwealth Fund, May 1, 2018
  Preview of the Role of Health Care in the 2018 Midterm Campaigns
Kaiser Family Foundation, May 10, 2018

HHS chief: Trump Will Take on 'All Aspects' of Drug Pricing
The Hill, May 10, 2018
The Key to Health System Sustainability? Evolve Your Nonacute Cost Structures
Becker's Hospital Review, May 10, 2018
Trump’s 'America First' Drug Pricing Agenda Could Backfire Around the World
Politico, May 9, 2018
Opioid Distributors Blame Pharmacies, Docs for Crisis
Politico, May 8, 2018

How The Farm Bill Could Erode Part Of The ACA
Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2018
Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt Starts Venture Capital Firm
Fierce Healthcare, May 8, 2018
Drug Distributor Admits Contributing to Opioid Crisis
AXIOS, May 8, 2018
CMS Plan to Improve Rural Care Includes Greater Use of It
Health Data Management, May 8, 2018
Obamacare Premiums to Surge Next Year, Early Requests Show
Bloomberg, May 7, 2018
Trump Proposes $15 Billion Spending Cuts, Targets Children's Health Program
Reuters, May 7, 2018
CVS ‘Moving Forward’ With Aetna Deal, Profit Tops Estimates
Bloomberg, May 2, 2018
  Transparency on Quality and Price Will Transform Medicine
Stat News, May 9, 2018

Creating Affordable HealthCare: More than Rounding Up the Usual Suspects
Forbes, May 8, 2018

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  FierceHealthcare: Top 11 Highest-Earning Insurance CEOs

1. Michael Neidorff, Centene 2017, Reported Salary: $25,300,000.00
2. Bruce Broussard, Humana 2017, Reported Salary: $19,800,000.00
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Source: FierceHealthcare
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