ACHP Media Monitoring Report: February 7, 2017

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Health care providers views on risk-based contracts
A survey that tracks trends in the move away from fee for service from Numerof and Associates finds physicians and hospitals are less certain that risk-based contracts will comprise a significant source of revenue in the next year or so. In last year’s survey, respondents believed risk-based contracts would comprise nearly half of all revenue streams over the next few years; this year, most respondents indicated only 20 to 40 percent of their revenue would come from such alternative payment models. Dave Barkholz of Modern Healthcare provides a breakdown.

 Most colleges do not provide adequate mental health support
Respondents to a survey conducted by STAT News indicate universities do not have adequate staff or funding to address students’ mental health needs, including treatment for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other issues. Megan Thielking of STAT News reports only 60 percent of universities have a psychiatrist on staff to treat students, and students seeking counseling frequently wait weeks before they can meet with a mental or behavioral health specialist.

 Administration considers rule changes to keep insurers in marketplace
The Trump administration is weighing modifications to Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules and regulations to encourage insurers to remain in the individual marketplace while Congress considers replacement options. Dan Diamond, Jennifer Haberkorn and Paul Demko of Politico report the administrations may allow insurers to charge older consumers more, limit special enrollment session eligibility and adjust rules for cost sharing between customers and insurers.

ACA helped hospitals treat uninsured patients
The ACA has helped reduce the finanial burden on community hospitals to provide free care to uninsured patients without the means  to pay. According to hospital leaders, the health law has contributed to the stabilization and improvement of their facilities and their communities. Tony Leys at The Des Moines Register has the story.

House subcommittee considers Medicaid bills
Two Medicaid bills are in the works in the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. David Nather at Axios shares one piece of legislation will make it harder for wealthy couples to receive benefits and the other will change elibigiblity for lottery winners.

Republicans split on timing of ACA repeal
The Trump administration and many Republicans have shifted from the mantra of a quick repeal of the ACA to a process that may span months. Some experts note the delay in action could hamper momentem for bringing major changes to the health law, according to Michael D. Shear and Robert Pear at The New York Times.

Despite messages from President Trump that the process of altering the health law could continue into next year, some Repubicans are comitted to repealing the ACA this spring. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said he would work from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s purposal to repeal the law by March, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said that a repeal bill under reconciliation was possible within the next 30 days. Peter Sullivan at The Hill has the story.