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Health Affairs Web First: US Six-Month Drug Market Exclusivity Extensions Could Yield Nearly $100 Million

A new study, released by Health Affairs as a Web First, analyzed the thirteen supplemental applications approved by the FDA that earned rare disease status from 2005 through 2010 to estimate the costs of the clinical trials and potential economic gain arising from a six-month exclusivity extension.

January 18, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Interstate Insurance Sales: Wishful thinking, Or A Viable Policy Option?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the possible advantages of allowing interstate insurance sales, as well as the reasons opponents say such a policy simply won’t work.

How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured

Even if the ACA stays in place, there will still be almost 30 million people without health insurance. The initial goal of reform should be: making sure everyone has access to health insurance that is affordable and that gives them dependable access to medical care.

CBO Releases Report On Effects Of ACA Repeal

On January 17, the Congressional Budget Office—Congress’ nonpartisan scorekeeper—released a report on how reconciliation legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, similar to that adopted by Congress in 2015 (and vetoed by President Obama), would affect health insurance coverage and premiums.

First, Do No Harm: A Physician Secretary Of HHS And The Reach Of Hippocrates

If the U.S. Senate confirms the nomination of Representative Tom Price to serve as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) he will be only the third physician to lead that department since its formation in 1953.

January 17, 2017 | Following the ACA

Building The Value-Based Health Care System Of The Future Depends On Meeting Clinicians’ Data Needs

As we prepare to transition from this administration, we’d like to take stock of what our nation has accomplished and to lay out a potential roadmap for the next administration.

January 17, 2017 | Health IT

Court Denies Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Recipients Right To Join Litigation (Updated)

On January 12, 2017, the D.C. Circuit denied two recipients of cost-sharing reduction payments the right to intervene in House v. Burwell, a challenge to reimbursement of insurers for those payments. The litigation is now in the hands of the Trump administration and the House.

Obamacare, Trumpcare, And Your Mouth

Though the ACA reinforced the status quo approach of maintaining separate medical and dental care financing and delivery systems, there have been some interesting lessons worth highlighting.

Project ECHO: The Evidence Is Catching Up With The Enthusiasm

While it’s true that the spread of ECHO has outpaced the publication of the research exploring it, it is critical here to clarify what ECHO is -- and what it isn’t.

What Could President Trump Do Through Executive Order To Dismantle The ACA?

Vice-President-elect Pence stated, “We’re working now on a series of executive orders” to unwind the ACA in an orderly fashion “even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.” What can the executive do to unwind a law without congressional action?