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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      August 10, 2017

Inside Medicare's Episode Payment Models - Major Provisions and Implications for 2018

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  The extent of uncertainty in Washington has made people reluctant to make changes to their benefit programs without knowing what’s happening. They’re taking a wait-and-see attitude." 

-Julie Stone, Senior Benefits Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
  According to a recent analysis of proposed 2018 premium changes in the exchanges, double-digit increases for benchmark silver plans are quite common, though the range across major cities is large, from a 5% decrease in Providence, R.I. to a 49% increase in Wilmington, Del.. 84% of the enrollees in the marketplaces receive premium subsidies under the ACA and are insulated from these premium hikes. However, roughly 6.7 million people will feel the full brunt of premium increases. In many cases, there is as much as a 20% point swing or more in rates depending on whether the CSRs are paid.

Source: AXIOS
  Early 2018 marketplace rates vary widely across states
Modern Healthcare, August 10, 2017
The ACA stability "crisis" in perspective
AXIOS, August 10, 2017
Trump officials confront new ObamaCare reality
The Hill, August 10, 2017
Bipartisan health policy coalition urges Congress to strengthen the ACA
The Washington Post, August 9, 2017
Generic Drug Prices Are Falling, but Are Consumers Benefiting?
The New York Times, August 8, 2017
Big Employers Vow To Continue Offering Health Insurance
Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2017
Large Employers Project Benefit Costs to Surpass $14,000 per Employee in 2018
Globe Newswire, August 8, 2017
Providers warn Anthem’s ER policy may violate federal law
FierceHealthcare, August 7, 2017
  Health Policy Problem Solver: Fumie Griego
PharmExec, August 7, 2017
  Physicians protest harmful Anthem emergency care coverage policy
AMA Wire, August 7, 2017
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  National Business Group on Health: Increasing # of Employers Plan to Adopt These 5 Strategies

1. Telehealth
2. Accountable Care Organizations
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Source: Globe Newswire
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