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The war against freestanding ERs

| Mar 17, 2017 | Texas

With all the attention in Austin on state budget battles, Medicaid, and the impact of changing the ACA, there has been little attention on the steady legislative push against freestanding ERs in Texas. For months we've heard consistently from a number of stakeholders, including consumer advocates, health insurers, and even some providers...[ Read More ]

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

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 ]