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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      November 30, 2017
  
Quality Payment Programs in 2018: Medicare, MA Plans and Medicaid
  Sponsor Message
Quote 
  "There's been a strong trend for health organizations to want to broaden their footprint, especially on the part of insurers to get more direct contact with the individual." 

 
-Dr. John W. Rowe, Professor of Health Policy, Columbia University
 
Factoid
 
  Nationally, the average lowest-price bronze plan increased from about $250 in 2017 to about $300 in 2018, and the average percent increase was about 20 percent. The monthly premium for a 27-year old for the least expensive bronze plan in the most expensive 15 states exceeds $335, which is the threshold for an affordability exemption from the individual mandate for someone with an income of $50,000. In the five most expensive states the least expensive premium exceeds $403, the threshold for an exemption for those with an income of $60,000. Approximately 20 percent of the unsubsidized will face premiums for the lowest cost bronze that exceed $335. In the cheapest nine states, the lowest price bronze plan costs less than $225. Ten states had an increase of less than 5 percent in their cheapest bronze plan. More than one-third of the unsubsidized will be able to buy a plan for less than $250 per month.

Source: Marketplace Pulse: The Unsubsidized Will Always Be With Us
 
   
News 
  Trump health nominee steps into the ObamaCare wars
The Hill, November 29, 2017

Insurers concerned essential benefit changes would increase their cost
Healthcare Finance, November 28, 2017

Trump backs bipartisan fixes to ObamaCare markets
The Hill, November 28, 2017

Patient groups urge Senate to reject ObamaCare mandate repeal
The Hill, November 28, 2017

Express Scripts Sells Unit With Ties to a $35,000-a-Vial Drug
Bloomberg, November 27, 2017

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up
New York Times, November 26, 2017

Groups make year-end push to delay ObamaCare taxes
The Hill, November 26, 2017 
 
 
 
Blogs
  States Shouldn't Rely on Congress to Reform Medicaid
Heartland, November 28, 2017

Will the Individual Mandate Finally Be Repealed?
CAGW, November 27, 2017
 
 
    
HealthshareTV video
 

 
Healthcare Reform  What is Happening?   Former Apple CEO John Sculley On Whether Amazon Can Disrupt The Health Care Industry?

CNBC via YouTube: John Sculley, RxAdvance CMO and former Apple CEO, discusses Amazon and Apple's reported pushes into health care and the pharmacy business.
 

 
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  Healthcare Executive Group Top 10 Challenges for 2018
 
1. Clinical and Data Analytics
2. Population Health Services Organizations
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Source: HCEG
 
      
 
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