What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Amazon as a major hospital supplier, FDA approves first blood test to detect concussions, FDA opens new path for Alzheimer’s treatments, measles rates soared in Europe in 2017, and Minnesota sees big jump in people without health insurance.

By Andy Tofilon • February 21, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Easing menu labeling rules under Obamacare, nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018, breakthrough stroke treatment, historic flu season drives sales across the health care industry, and Fitbit is acquiring health coaching platform Twine Health.

By Andy Tofilon • February 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: States look at establishing their own health insurance mandates, Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal, U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers, call to boost Alzheimer’s funding, and HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year.

By Andy Tofilon • February 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Health system mergers in the U.S. at record high, HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year, Medicaid work rules face tough legal challenges, new HHS secretary, and CMS’ latest bundled-pay model attracts lots of interest.

By Andy Tofilon • January 31, 2018

Top highlights this week include: More tax cuts in government funding bill, Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration, deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care, opioid crisis blamed for sharp increase in accidental deaths in U.S., and delay of Obamacare taxes in spending bill will cost about $31 billion.

By Andy Tofilon • January 24, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump’s first year, court battle brewing over work rules for Medicaid, Trump administration says states may impose work requirements for Medicaid, House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill, and lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices.

By Andy Tofilon • January 17, 2018

Top highlights this week include: CMS launches new voluntary bundled-payment model; in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, hospital closures have spiked; despite prod by ACA, tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits; charity care spending flat among top hospitals; and hospitals nationally hit hard by Medicare’s safety penalties.

By Andy Tofilon • January 10, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Tax on medical devices to resume, new drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017, Minnesota’s ‘one-stop shopping’ health care model, House gears up for 340B oversight push, and pharma under attack for drug price.

By Andy Tofilon • January 3, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Flurry of health care deals reflects shift away from hospitals, U.S. lifts moratorium on funding controversial, high-risk virus research, epidemic of screening burdens nation’s older patients, Senate GOP pushes off Obamacare bills until January, and GOP fails to pressure hospitals on community benefits.

By Andy Tofilon • December 27, 2017

Top highlights this week include: No deal on children’s health plan, Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges, words banned at multiple HHS agencies, FDA officials to target high-risk alternative remedies, and medical mergers in Minnesota are on the rise.

By Andy Tofilon • December 20, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Sign-ups pick up in Obamacare open enrollment, insurers on pace to record Obamacare profits for first time, “Cadillac tax” is sticking point for Congress, hospital giants in talks to merge to create nation’s largest operator, and short-term funding goes out to some health centers.

By Andy Tofilon • December 13, 2017

Top highlights this week include: CVS-Aetna deal could start a health takeover run, rural hospitals balk as insurers narrow coverage sites, Trump health nominee embraces Obamacare programs, doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, and 53% of docs still not transitioning to value-based care.

By Andy Tofilon • December 6, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Lawmakers making progress in talks on children’s health care; insurers claim their costs will rise if states pick essential benefits; as health care changes, insurers, hospitals, and drugstores team up; groups make year-end push to delay Obamacare taxes; and U.S. HIV diagnoses improving.

By Andy Tofilon • November 29, 2017