The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options, insurance analysts said. This draft — a fresh attempt by the Republican Party to undo the Affordable Care Act — injects more uncertainty into plans for people with preexisting conditions such as cancer, asthma, diabetes or other long-term ailments.
The first half of 2017 saw a record number of deals and an unprecedented level of funding within the digital health sector. Analysts predicted the industry would build on that momentum despite the ongoing healthcare debate consuming the nation’s capital.
A recent survey of Medicaid beneficiaries found 84% of enrollees said they were able to get all the care they needed in the past six months and 83% said they had a regular source of care, according to survey published by JAMA Internal Medicine. Those trying to restrict Medicaid have argued low reimbursement rates keep many providers from participating, however, this survey demonstrates that beneficiaries have increased access to care.
There is a gap in capabilities and core competencies between large and small hospitals and health systems in the ongoing transition to value-driven care. What’s more, small organizations often lag far behind large ones in key components of the transition, putting themselves at financial risk, according to the findings in a report released by the Ernst & Young LLP Advisory Health practice.