ACHP Media Monitoring Report: March 6, 2017

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Trump’s First 100 Days: The Senate Finance Committee has voted to send the nomination of Seema Verma for administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the full Senate for confirmation. Verma is expected to be confirmed.

GOP health care plan to be announced this week
Republican leaders plan to reveal a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week. The White House, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Speak Paul Ryan (R-WI) have all had a hand in shaping the bill. Details about the bill have not been released, but high-ranking GOP aides claim the bill will receive support from the entire GOP caucus, reports Reuters.

Reports of the plan came in the wake of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) stating on CBS’ Face the Nation that “there is not a consensus” on health care reform among GOP lawmakers. Republicans have split over different proposals for replacing the ACA, writes David Nather of Axios. Collins and her colleague Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have floated their own bill.

Health care leaders express concern about ACA replacement
Many health care executives are apprehensive about Republican proposals to repeal and replace the ACA. Modern Healthcare conducted a survey of CEOs to gauge how leaders feel about alternatives to the ACA. Harris Meyer at Modern Healthcare shares that a reduction of premium subsidies, an increase in the number of uninsured individuals and uncompensated care rank among executives’ worries.

House Committee floats Medicaid plan
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is unveiling a plan for Medicaid reform in its legislation slated to be introduced later this week. Under the plan, states that accepted the ACA Medicaid expansion would retain federal funding until 2020. At that time, the federal government would begin cutting reimbursement rates and shifting to a per capita system, explains Kristina Peterson, Michelle Hackman and Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal (subscriber’s content).

AARP fights GOP plan for boosting enrollment among young adults
AARP and other interest groups representing seniors are pushing back against a popular GOP proposal for attracting younger enrollees in health plans. Plans are allowed to charge Americans over the age of 50 up to three times what they charge young adults; under the provision, health care plans would be allowed to charge five times as much. AARP says insurance premiums for older Americans could rise 25 percent as a result. Robert Pear of The New York Times has the story.

 

Blog Review

Our weekly Blog Review features insightful posts from around the web and keeps an eye on medical industry and health news via the Trend Watch. This week we review posts on creating and measuring value in health care. This week’s Trend Watch compiles posts discussing how the health care industry can take advantage of data to understand consumers.

Value in Health Care

Value Assessment Frameworks: How Can They Meet The Challenge?
Health Affairs
Several frameworks have been developed to assess value in health care. National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert Dubois, M.D., PhD, and Vice President for Health Services Research Kimberly Westrich evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the frameworks and provide recommendations for improvement.

To Expedite Transition to Value in Health Care, Let Success Lead The Way
Morning Consult
Remedy Partners CEO Carolyn Magill asserts value-based bundled payments have had a history of bipartisan support. Magill discusses the advantages of bundled payments, including increasing competition and choice of health care providers.

Trend Watch

Consumerism and Health Care

Healthcare Industry, or Consumer Health Industry?
Healthcare IT News
President of electronic health record company Cerner, Zane Berk, explores how consumer behavior is changing with advancements in technology. Berk calls for a more proactive response from the health care industry to understand consumers and how digital trends will change behaviors.

What Health Care Can Learn From Wal-Mart
The Wall Street Journal
Neuroscientist Olivier Oullier, PhD, explains that marketing experts spend time analyzing behavior patterns to influence how consumers make decisions. Oullier believes the health care industry should utilize this marketing data to help nudge patients to make healthier choices.