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Health Care Reform Weekly Update – June 23-29, 2016

 

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June 29, 2016
 
Curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson, Shelly Miller, Amy Sanders, and Janet Wrzesinski; edited by Priya Bathija*

The Health Care Reform Weekly Update pulls articles on cutting-edge issues directly from the Health Care Reform Educational Task Force's Twitter feed.

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MACRA-Sized Number of Comments Roll In
politico.com - Most of Washington’s health policy wonks spent the last two months reading, digesting and writing comments on CMS’s proposed regulation that implements the massive new physician payment program under . . .

BCBS to Sell Services to Smaller Blues Plans
crainsdetroit.com - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has created a new division as part of its restructuring plan to sell management and consulting services to up to 20 smaller Blues plans in other states. With millions . . .

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care
wsj.com - After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential. Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning . . .

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare Beneficiaries Prescribed Opioid Painkiller Last Year
fiercehealthcare.com - Open up a senior’s medicine cabinet and there's a good chance of finding addictive, prescription opioid painkillers. Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for . . .

*This week's Health Care Reform Weekly Update was curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA), Shelly Miller (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, MI), Amy E. Sanders (Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN), and Janet Wrzesinski (JW Consulting Services, Bay City, MI); and was edited by Priya Bathija (American Hospital Association, Washington, DC).

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