CDC’s Tom Frieden reflects on tenure’s successes
Director of CDC Reflect’s on Tenure and Successes
Frieden recommends rapid-response fund for outbreaks
January 17, 2017
As Tom Frieden, M.D., winds down his final days as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said that future administrations should work to establish an emergency response fund in case of an outbreak, highlighting influenza as a primary concern.
Frieden compared the CDC's funding requests to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an interview with The Washington Post, noting that FEMA doesn’t have to go to Congress and request funding in the event of a natural disaster, a process that can significantly delay the response to a disease outbreak. During the Zika outbreak last year, the CDC was hampered for months by congressional waffling on funding.
“A rapid-response fund would allow us to do the equivalent of stopping an earthquake,” Frieden told The Post.
HHS Nominee Price: More Doctors with More Concerns
January 13, 2017
Get ready for fireworks as the Senate plans to hold a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of surgeon-turned-politician Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Controversy continues to swirl around his appointment.
A physician’s group, the National Physicians Alliance, on Thursday added to the questions about Price’s fitness to serve as HHS Secretary in Donald Trump’s administration, according to MedPage Today. In addition to his political positions that many doctors say don’t serve patients’ best interests, the nonprofit group called for an investigation into Price’s healthcare stock trades that raise concerns about conflicts of interest.
Trump’s “Insurance for Everybody” Conflicts with GOP Plans
Another Intra-party Throw-down in the Making?
January 17, 2017
Donald Trump's comment this weekend that he wants to provide "insurance for everybody" underscores the conflicting views of the president-elect and congressional Republicans on what an Affordable Care Act replacement should look like.
Trump’s views are starting to sound similar to the goal of providing universal coverage, as the ACA sought to accomplish with enrollment pushes and the individual mandate. But GOP lawmakers have been leaning toward the goal of providing “universal access” to health insurance, which focuses on expanding more affordable—if less comprehensive—coverage options.
As for Rep. Tom Price, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, he previously introduced a very conservative bill that would provide refundable tax credits for health insurance coverage and health savings account contributions, as well as allow insurers to deny coverage to individuals outside of open enrollment periods.
What’s Front of Mind for Health Plan Leaders in 2017?
Data, policy changes, value-based care are priorities
January 13, 2017
While uncertainty surrounding the healthcare regulatory landscape will be top of mind for health plan leaders this year, that isn’t the only major trend on the horizon for the industry. Another major issue is affordability, Greg Scott, the national leader of Deloitte’s health plan practice, said in a recent interview conducted by the consulting firm.
That signifies a shift from the industry’s longtime focus on costs, as affordability is more concerned with whether families can actually afford monthly premiums, deductibles and copays. In fact, affordability is a major concern for every healthcare services and health insurance purchaser in the country, he said.
Want to Build Your Practice and Strengthen Your Influence?
Networking: Why you only need a core group of 10
January 17, 2017
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US Rep. Roe Says ‘Docs’ Will ‘Like’ His ACA Replacement Plan
Is This the Good News or the Bad News?
January 12, 2017
The Tennessee congressman behind Republicans’ first postelection stab at a concrete Affordable Care Act replacement bill says it contains ideas that doctors will like.
Last week, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and the Republican Study Committee held a press conference to introduce the bill, which was largely based on one he first floated in 2013.
In an interview with Medical Economics, Roe acknowledged that the bill—the American Health Reform Act of 2017—won’t be the final version of an ACA replacement that Republicans eventually pass.
Instead, he said, “what we wanted to do was get this bill introduced to show people that we did have ideas and a bill out there ready to go.”
2017: From ObamaCare to TrumpCare
What’s Next for Trump’s Healthcare Plan?
January 16, 2017
What will the transition to a Donald Trump administration mean for the healthcare industry’s key constituents? While experts of all stripes are asserting predictions, they are typically long on speculation and short on evidence. Detailed predictions are premature, but this article provides a framework for evaluating developments over the coming months.
At this stage, there are still far more unknowns than knowns. How much of the GOP healthcare agenda will the Trump administration adopt? What will be the openness to traditionally powerful lobbying groups, such as the AHA, AMA, AHIP and Big Pharma? Most important, what will be the focus and cadence of change efforts to come?
Will Repeal & Delay Approach to ACA Go Off the Fiscal Cliff?
January 12, 2017
As members of Congress lay the groundwork to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation, they should know that a delayed replacement for the law could end up contributing to the national deficit, according to a new analysis.
Christine Eibner, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, wrote in a piece for The Commonwealth Fund that moving forward with a repeal now and leaving a replacement plan for later, an option some congressional Republicans favor, would make it nearly impossible for a future replacement plan to be budget neutral.