The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

By Alan Katz | The policies and politics surrounding health care reform in a Donald Trump world.

What Will Your Hospital Look Like in Five Years?

If you want to know what hospitals will look like in the near future, take a peek at UF Health’s recently opened Heart & Vascular Hospital and …

Physiology

Trump's budget targets health programs

<b>TRUMP'S BUDGET TARGETS HEALTH PROGRAMS —</b> President Donald Trump, for a second year in a row, is seeking deep cuts to discretionary health programs, while also targeting hundreds of billion of dollars in savings from Medicare and Medicaid.<p>The president has proposed slicing his health department by …

Health Care

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year.<p>In budget documents, the …

Health Care

A Long Era of Low Health Care Inflation May Be Coming to End

Since the late 2000s Great Recession, historically low increases in health-care prices have helped hold down inflation. That may be about to …

Health Care

CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

<b>(CNN) —</b> California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.<p>California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed …

Health Care

Want to Know What Senior Healthcare Costs Will Look Like in 20 Years? Here's a Peek.

Medical costs are projected to climb over the next two decades. Here's what you might be looking at if you're aiming to retire in 20 years' time.<p>If …

Retirement

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama's health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books.<p>An Associated Press count found that nationwide enrollment was …

Health Care

More than 25 million Americans use community health centers. Now they're caught up in Congress' funding fight

Josie Gutierrez’s 4-year-old son sits on his lap in an exam room lined with Curious George wallpaper, wailing after the last in a series of shots …

Health Care

Despite Trump attacks, Obamacare sign-ups hold steady, new numbers show

Almost 12 million Americans signed up for 2018 health coverage through marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new tally that indicates nationwide enrollment remained virtually unchanged from last year despite President Trump’s persistent attacks on the 2010 health law.<p>The …

Health Care

Israeli company launches discounted health insurance for vegans

"With the understanding that veganism is a global trend that is developing especially here in Israel, we decided to provide a solution to this …

Health Care

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill

With the clock ticking on the current stop-gap bill that funds the federal government through Feb. 8, Congress is steeling itself to consider another …

Health Care

Does Health Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?

Good news! Today, over half of the US— that’s 29 US states and 3 territories— have legalized medical cannabis for their residents. The bad news? …

Cannabis

Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire creating new health care company

The new company will be independent and "free from profit-making incentives and constraints."<p>Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care "at a …

JP Morgan Chase

Workplace Wellness Programs Really Don’t Work

Workplace wellness programs have two main goals: improve employees’ health and lower their employers’ health-care costs. They’re not very good at …

Workplace Wellness

Flipboard on Flipboard

The entire healthcare business is being redrawn — and it's anybody's guess what's going to happen next<p>Lydia Ramsey<p><b>Healthcare companies are striking</b> …

How to Control Your Company's Health Care Costs with a Self-Funded Program

​<p><i>Editor's Note: SHRM has partnered with</i> <i>Chief Executive</i> <i>to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies.</i><p>New Year's resolutions often …

Health Care

The Individual Insurance Market In 2018: Business As Usual?

<i>Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series stemming from the</i> <i>Sixth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review</i> <i>event held at Harvard Law School on December</i> …

CBO to lower estimate of uninsured caused by repeal of Obamacare mandate

The Congressional Budget Office has found that the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance or pay a …

Column: Don’t delay on health care reform

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently created a bipartisan bill to improve health insurance markets. The deal allocates …

CMS launches new voluntary bundled payment model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced a new voluntary bundled payment model that will qualify as an Advanced …

Maryland is already coming up with creative solutions for the Republican tax bill

"Insurance Down Payments"<p>More people in Maryland are insured now than before the Affordable Care Act. Residents without insurance fell from 11.3 …

Health Care

The Association Health Plan Proposed Rule: What It Says And What It Would Do

Author’s Note<p><i>There is little more I can say about Tim Jost that hasn’t already been said by Don Berwick and Chris Fleming. Tim is truly a national</i> …

Sarah Wollaston urges government to get a grip on NHS 'crisis'

<b>The government must "get a better grip" on the challenges facing the NHS in England, a senior Tory MP has said, as bosses cancelled non-urgent operations.</b><p>Officials say the move is a planned response to severe winter pressures and not evidence of a health care crisis.<p>But Sarah Wollaston, who chairs …

United Kingdom

What lies ahead for health care in 2018

<b>REPUBLICANS' OBAMACARE QUANDARY: REPEAL OR PROP UP?</b> — Party leaders don’t want to spend precious time on a failed attempt to repeal the health care law, the situation they found themselves in last year. But they also don’t want to take repeal off the table and antagonize conservatives, POLITICO's …

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Trump admin rolling back use of fines against nursing homes

The use of fines levied against nursing homes that have been cited for violations such as neglect or mistreatment is reportedly being rolled back by …

The Uninsured: A Primer – Key Facts about Health Insurance and the Uninsured Under the Affordable Care Act

In the past, gaps in the public insurance system and lack of access to affordable private coverage left millions without health insurance, and the …

Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

Open enrollment on the federal health law's marketplace — HealthCare.gov — ends Friday, and most people who want a plan for next year need to meet the deadline.<p>But some consumers who miss the cutoff could be surprised to learn they have the opportunity to enroll later.<p>"While a lot of people will be …