March 16, 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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Health Brief: Republicans Shed Light on How They Would Change Medicaid
morningconsult.com - A bill approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday will most likely never become law, but it shows how Republicans would change Medicaid’s federal financing. One . . .
CMS Confirms Path Toward Payment Reform
managedhealthcareexecutive.modernmedicine.com - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reached its goal of tying 30% of Medicare payments to quality and value, instead of volume—11 months ahead . . .
Sustainability of Medicare Top of Mind for House Ways & Means Health Chair
modernhealthcare.com - The most recent report from the Medicare board of trustees estimated that Medicare's hospital trust fund will be able to cover all obligations until 2030, but strongly suggested legislative action . . .
U.S. to Test Ways to Cut Drug Prices in Medicare
nytimes.com - The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would test new ways to pay for prescription drugs in an effort to slow the growth of Medicare spending on medicines while encouraging doctors to choose . . .
Why Savvy Shoppers Can’t Fix Health-Care Spending
washingtonpost.com - One popular view of how to corral out-of-control health-care spending is to empower smart shoppers -- to arm individual patients with the information and incentives to shop around 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).