ACHP Media Monitoring Report: January 4, 2017

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

– President-elect Donald Trump has named Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senate prepares schedule for ACA repeal
The Senate has begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act by unveiling a budget resolution taking aim at the health law. In order to repeal the ACA, the Senate must pass the budget resolution and use reconciliation to eliminate major parts of the health law. Republicans are using the reconciliation process in order to avoid a filibuster by Senate Democrats according to Ben Weyl of Politico.

AMA warns against repealing ACA without replacement
The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging Congress to pass a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the same time they repeal the health law. In an open letter, AMA head James Madara, M.D.,  calls on Congress to create a replacement plan that protects the expansion of health insurance coverage resulting from the ACA. Peter Sullivan of The Hill has the story.

Hospitals likely to see significant revenue loss with ACA repeal
Hospitals are bracing for the potential financial consequences of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A number of hospitals have revised treatment techniques to align with new quality-driven, metric-based payment systems rolled out under the ACA. Others have seen increased revenues by providing treatment to newly eligible individuals now covered under the health law’s Medicaid expansion, writes Abby Goodnough of The New York Times.

The future of patient navigators in American health care
A small group of health care specialists called “patient navigators” are increasingly prominent in health care delivery. To date, most patient navigators have guided cancer patients through the complex web of insurance, treatment options and support structures. Some see growth for the role, which could help other patients deal with an increasingly convoluted health care landscape. Others find the role expensive and inefficient, noting nearly 1,000 patients would need to work with health navigators for there to be an effect on mortality. Allison Bond of STAT News provides an in-depth exploration of the role.

Initial impressions shape millennial relationships with providers
A consumer survey from the Health Industry Distributors Association finds health care providers may have limited opportunities to impress millennial patients. Millennial consumers place high importance on first impressions of their health care providers and they often research their doctors on consumer satisfaction websites such as Yelp or Consumer Reports. Adam Rubenfire of Modern Healthcare explores the survey results.