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As MACRA Implementation Proceeds, Changes Are Needed

MACRA threatens to push many providers out of fee-for-service before they have a safe place to land. Policy makers should consider both making the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System less onerous and greatly accelerating the development and implementation of viable alternative payment models.

Loathing And Loving As A Pathway To Meaningful Health Care Reform

Democrats and Republicans each need to decide what they want so much that they would be willing to accept something they really loathe in exchange in order to reach consensus on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

A New Attempt Emerges To Bridge GOP Divisions On AHCA (Updated)

On April 20, a one-page summary of amendments to the AHCA proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R NJ) surfaced. Reportedly a compromise between House Republican moderates and conservatives, it could be reduced to legislative language and considered when Congress returns from its spring recess next week.

GrantWatch: Call For Blog Submissions

We are seeking posts from guest bloggers for the blog's section on health philanthropy.

April 20, 2017 | GrantWatch

The Future Of Delivery System Reform

There is bipartisan agreement on the goal of promoting more efficient and effective health care. The debate is over the best way to accomplish the goal, not the goal itself.

Health Affairs Web First: Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Decline In Medicaid Prescriptions

A new study of nine clinical areas investigated whether Medicaid enrollees in these states were less likely to fill prescriptions for these conditions, compared to enrollees in other states.

April 19, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

ACA Round-Up: Risk Corridor Suit Dismissed As Premature; Supreme Court Ends Challenge To 'Administrative Fix'

A court dismissed an insurer's claim for risk corridor payments as premature, the Supreme Court refused to review a ruling against a challenge to the Obama administration’s "administrative fix," and CMS continued past practice on retroactivity of coverage through special enrollment periods.

April 19, 2017 | Following the ACA

Looking Backward And Forward: Assessing The CBO/JCT Analysis Of The AHCA

As the administration and House Republicans mull ways to revive the AHCA, it is worthwhile to consider what the CBO report says about the bill, as well as what the reaction to the CBO’s AHCA estimates says about the way the agency’s role in congressional lawmaking has changed.

People Post: Staff Changes And Job Openings In Health Philanthropy

Read news about comings and goings at foundations around the country and check out the job openings in interesting locations.

April 18, 2017 | GrantWatch

How Minnesota Is Stepping Up To Preserve Its Individual Market

After capping enrollment, the Minnesota legislature also passed a premium relief rebate bill during the first week of the legislative session, and a reinsurance bill was allowed to become law without Governor Mark Dayton’s signature.