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State opportunity to innovate in Medicaid is there for the taking

| Mar 15, 2017 | Alaska, Federal, Hawaii, Texas

Yesterday HHS released a letter to Governors from Secretary Tom Price and freshly sworn-in CMS Administrator Seema Verma, inviting states to take steps to innovate on Medicaid. The letter creates a clear opportunity for states who have been wanting to try new things in the program to do so: We...[ Read More ]

The hidden reason why Trumpcare has problems

| Mar 14, 2017 | Federal

Well, maybe not hidden. And we're not talking about the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) nuking the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act with its brutal assessment of how many millions would lose coverage under the bill.  The real hidden reason: not enough key staff at federal agencies to implement the...[ Read More ]

DaVita's misdeeds | Anne Rote | Why the GOP is struggling with "Replace"

| Mar 9, 2017 | Texas

For those of us that experienced the ACA debate in 2009, the current "repeal and replace" debate is oddly familiar. But, what's next is anyone's guess as the long-awaited Republican alternative is quickly taking on water from all sides. Meanwhile in Austin, the Legislature is focused on the budget -- with...[ Read More ]

Why replacing the ACA is so tough: part 2

| Mar 3, 2017 | Federal, Louisiana

Earlier this week we looked at why the politics of replacing the ACA are way more complicated and challenging for Republicans than some might think based on the seemingly straightforward campaign cry in 2016 to "repeal and replace" the law. Health care. Complicated. Who knew? Part two of "why replacing the...[ Read More ]

Why DaVita is being regulated, investigated, and sued

| Mar 2, 2017 | California, Federal, Texas, Washington

Something unusual came out of DaVita Inc. releasing its 4th Quarter 2016 results recently. Specifically, DaVita, known primarily as a large, national provider of dialysis services, projects operating income to fall from $1.849 billion in 2016 to a range of $1.638 billion to $1.775 billion for 2017. In contrast, DaVita's major national...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Geronimo Rodriguez

| Mar 2, 2017 | Texas

Hospitals have a lot of change on their plate now, adapting to the needs of the evolving health care system and patient expectations, at the same time the policy world of the ACA and Medicaid that has propped up the safety net for care in Texas will change too. Seton...[ Read More ]