ACHP Media Monitoring Report: January 5, 2017

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Price’s nomination as HHS secretary raises questions for insurers
The nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as secretary of Health and Human Services has some insurers asking questions about future Trump administration policies. As a lawmaker in Congress, Price sought to curb insurers’ use of narrow networks and raised concerns about value-based care models, which are designed to encourage a focus on quality of care, reports Bruce Jaspen of Forbes.

Health industry calls on Trump to help calm insurance worries
Leaders from across the health industry are encouraging President-elect Donald Trump to take steps to stabilize the health insurance market. The Healthcare Leadership Council, a multi-sector industry organization, has sent Trump an open letter asking him to ensure cost-sharing subsidies are maintained during any transition period built into a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Amy Lotven from InsideHealthPolicy reports (subscriber’s content).

ACA battle begins as party leaders visit members on Hill
President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Congressional members from their respective parties yesterday to design strategies for the battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pence told Republican leaders repealing the ACA was the top priority for President-elect Trump; the caucus discussed passing a bill for Trump’s signature by February 20. Obama urged his fellow Democrats to rally public support against a repeal of the law. Peter Sullivan and Jordan Carney of The Hill have the story.

Some Republicans wary of repeal without replace strategy
Prominent Republican officials are questioning Republican Congressional leaders’ strategy to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement plan ready. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and other Republican leaders have cautioned against GOP leaders’ plans to draft replacement legislation over the next few years during a phase-out of the ACA. The Senate has begun the process of repealing the ACA, write Noam Levery and Lisa Mascaro of the Los Angeles Times.

Risk corridor case certified as class action
An insurer lawsuit against the federal government for failing to pay out risk corridor claims will proceed as a class action suit. A judge has certified any institution or individual that exceeded expected costs and offered Qualified Health Plans under the Affordable Care Act had a right to join the suit, according to Timothy Jost of Health Affairs Blog.

School-based telehealth could help alleviate health related absences
Some data and education experts believe implementing school-based telehealth programs could curb health related absences. Telemedicine is becoming increasingly common in schools, as more school-based health officials use the tool to consult with parents on treatment. Michael Ollove of The Pew Charitable Trust explores the topic.

Studies of Note

In this feature, the Media Monitoring Report shares a selection of notable research studies within the health care industry.

Bundled Payments

Bundled Payments Work, Study Finds, but HHS Nominee No Fan
Kaiser Health News
January 5, 2017
An analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payment data finds hospitals implementing bundled payment models save money on treatment without adversely affecting care. According to the study, led by University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Fellow Amol Navathe, M.D. PhD, hospitals spent $5,500 less per treatment episode for hip replacements than hospitals that do not adopt bundled treatments.

Telemedicine and Education

The Cost of Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act
Committee for a Responsible Budget
January 4, 2017
An analysis of budgeting data conducted by the Committee for a Responsible Budget finds a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could cost the federal government $350 billion over the next 10 years. The analysis relies heavily on Congressional Budget Office data, and also provides a breakdowns of savings and costs for repealing individual provisions of the ACA.

Children’s Health Care

Spending on Children’s Personal Health Care in the United States, 1996-2013
JAMA Pediatrics
December 27, 2016
Annual spending on health care for children and adolescents increased by more than $80 billion in 2013, according to a study led by David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Graduate Student Anthony Bui, MPH. Bui and colleagues examined and compared annual data collected by the Health Metrics and Evaluation Disease Expenditure 2013 project to reach their findings.