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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 ]

Hancock, Smithee Legislation Would Grant State Authority To Protect Texans Against Price-Gouging in Emergency Medical Situations

| Mar 14, 2017 | Texas

AUSTIN— Yesterday, the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, applauded Texas Senator Kelly Hancock and House Rep. John Smithee’s introduction of legislation (SB 2064 and HB 3867) to protect Texans from price-gouging for emergency care provided by...[ 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 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 ]

Kaiser poll has interesting numbers on the ACA

| Feb 28, 2017 | Texas

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll conducted February 13-19 has some fascinating key findings. The findings include: • Attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have shifted with a larger share of 48 percent reporting a favorable opinion towards the law than reporting unfavorable (42 percent). This is...[ Read More ]