ACHP Media Monitoring Report – August 17, 2017

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Administration funds CSRs for August
The Trump Administration will fund CSRs for August. Many lawmakers and governors have been urging the administration to continue payments to keep insurers in the ACA markets and prevent premiums from rising. Insurers are asking for a guarantee the payments will be made at least through next year, but some GOP lawmakers feel the money was never appropriated by Congress and Trump has threatened repeatedly to end the payments.

Decisions on what’s next for health care
Lawmakers have yet to agree on what comes next for a health care strategy. A new proposal for changes to the health system would need to address the shortcomings of the ACA as well as avoid political arguments around single payer. The GOP’s repeal efforts brought to light voters’ struggle with affordability, and lawmakers have yet to find a solution for high costs for consumers.

Start-up has success lowering health care costs, improving care
Health care start-up Aledade is using data collection to reduce costs while improving patient treatment. Its software chronicles a patient’s entire medical history notes specialists visited, tests ordered and total costs, enabling primary care physicians to make more informed decisions for patient care. Practices working with Aledade have seen improved finances, healthier patients and less wasteful spending. Aledade currently operates in 15 states and works with more than 1,200 doctors.

Doctors’ support grows for single-payer system
A majority of physicians support single-payer health care, according to a new survey from physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins. The 2017 survey found 56 percent of doctors support single-payer; in Merrit Hawkins’ 2008 survey, 42 percent supported it. Experts say physicians are tired of being preoccupied with reimbursement, are shifting away from owning their own practices and feel a growing sense that single-payer reform will happen.

Post-partum nurses may underestimate maternal mortality risks
Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey of post-partum nurses were unaware that maternal mortality has risen in recent years and almost 20 percent believed the number had declined. Additional research conducted through focus groups reveal many post-partum nurses focus on educating mothers about care for the child, but not self-care for the mother. The research has some experts concerned that nurses might overlook warning signs due to an underrating of maternal mortality risks.