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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      August 24, 2017

Value Based Rx Contracting Tactics and Techniques: Navigating Legal and Regulatory Complexities

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  "Employers are making decisions on the benefit plans they are going to offer their employees for 2018 right now. They are weighing similar options to what people have to weigh on the exchanges in terms of cost and the benefit design that they offer. Our responsibility is to try to provide as broad and most affordable of a portfolio that we can. I think any volatility in the market does tend to bleed into the commercial side." 

-Dave Milich, CEO, UnitedHealthcare South Texas
  Kaiser polls have shown an overall increase in ACA favorability over the past year, with 52 percent holding a favorable view of the law in August 2017, up 10 percentage points since June 2016, and nearly 20 percentage points since a low of 33 percent in November 2013.

Source: Data Note: Strongly Held Views on the ACA, Kaiser Family Foundation
  Report highlights growing health disparities in Appalachia
Associated Press via ABC News, August 24, 2017

Five governors to testify at hearing on bipartisan healthcare bill
The Hill, August 23, 2017

‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost
Kaiser Health News, August 23, 2017

Workers' health plans aren't immune to Obamacare volatility
Houston Chronicle, August 23, 2017

Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan For Congress To Consider
NPR, August 22, 2017

Senate Panel Plans 2 Hearings on Girding Health Insurance
Associated Press via NY Times, August 22, 2017

Medicaid Reform Requires Outcomes-Based Innovation, Better Data
HealthPayer Intelligence, August 22, 2017

New bundled payment models will switch power from hospitals to physicians
Healthcare Finance, August 21, 1027

Obamacare survives its latest threat — bare counties
Politico, August 20, 2017

Fearing sabotage, groups prepare ObamaCare blitz
The Hill, August 22, 2017

Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal
Miami Herald, August 21, 2017

Counties at Risk of Having No Insurer on the Marketplace (Exchange) in 2018
Kaiser Family Foundation, August 18, 2017
  Insurers Claim Wins In Battle Against Opioid Abuse
Forbes, August 23, 2017

Solving The Problem Of Bipartisan Health Care Reform
Health Affairs, August 22, 2017
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Down but Not out---The ACA and the future of Healthcare Reform   Mitch McConnell: Way Forward On Health Care Reform ‘Somewhat Murky’ | NBC News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses next steps on health care reform at a Louisville Chamber of Commerce event on Monday.

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  HIRC: Top Strategic Imperatives for ACOs for 2017

1. Reduce the total cost of health care: 14% of ACO executives surveyed
2. Enhance network performance/develop high performance network: 11% of ACO executives surveyed
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Source: Health Industries Research Companies (HIRC)
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