ACHP Media Monitoring Report: January 17, 2017

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ACHP in the news: ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly discussed the pace of replacing the Affordable Care Act in Modern Healthcare.

Presidential Transition Brief
Until inauguration on January 20, ACHP will provide updates on the presidential transition.

– Confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees continue. Politico has created an annotated schedule of the hearings.

– The first confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, is set for tomorrow, January 18, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. As a member of Congress, Price advocated for repealing the Affordable Care Act and drafted a replacement plan that can be found here. STAT News has highlighted some questions Price may see in his confirmation hearing.

– A report from The Wall Street Journal indicates Donald Trump is considering venture capitalists James O’Neill and Balaji Srinvasan for Food and Drug Administration Commissioner.

Trump pledges “insurance for everybody”
In an interview this past weekend, President-elect Donald Trump stated he aims to provide “insurance for everybody” with his Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan. According to Amy Goldstein and Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Democrats view Trump’s plan as disruptive to ACA improvements and Republicans may oppose the plan because of their earlier positions on limiting  government involvement in health care.

ACA repeal could hit public health programs
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may result in large spending cuts for state public health and prevention programs. Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today explains how the ACA also provided funding for programs designed to prevent chronic diseases.

Price focuses on insurers, government intervention
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R-GA) has been a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act and government intervention in medicine. As a lawmaker, Price prioritized lessening the growing costs of medical malpractice insurance, introduced legislation on behalf of physician groups and supported Medicare overhaul, shares Abby Goodnough of The New York Times. The first of two confirmation hearings for Price will take place tomorrow.

Rural Americans face higher health risks those in urban areas
Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die of the top five leading causes of death compared to city dwellers. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds more than 70,000 of the deaths due to cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, unintentional injury, heart disease and stroke were potentially preventable. Lena H. Sun at The Washington Post has the story.

Patients benefit from long-term, steady care
Some doctors are applying a long-term strategy to treatment by implementing incremental medicine. In incremental medicine, physicians monitor patients over time to track treatment’s effect on symptoms. Incrementalists take a wholistic approach and consider the well-being of a patient throughout a lifetime, aiming for consistent, sustainable progress for individuals with chronic conditions. Atul Gawande of The New Yorker shares the stories of several patients who have benefitted from incremental medicine.

Blog Review

Our weekly Blog Review features insightful posts from around the web. This week we review posts on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

 Replacing the ACA
Today in Obamacare: a quick primer on 3 new Obamacare replacement plans
Senior editor Sarah Kliff provides an overview of three plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN). Cassidy’s plan would allow states that want to retain their marketplaces to do so, and Roe’s plan would provide a universal, non-adjustable tax credit.

Obamacare Debate: Where GOP Governors Stand on Repeal and Replace
Wall Street Journal
Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman explores Republican governors’ complicated positioning on the Affordable Care Act. While most Republican governors are critical of the bulk of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many are hesitant to support a full repeal due to the Medicaid expansion provided by the law. Republican lawmakers and thought-leaders have been weighing alternative funding structures for Medicaid instead of a full rollback of the program, including block grants and per capita caps. Congressional Republicans’ decisions on Medicaid funding may prove pivotal in determining whether or not the governors support the repeal.