NCQA gives a rundown of the best national, state and private sector health care articles from the week. Here are our picks for today’s Public Policy Weekly Clips.
A bipartisan House bill would risk adjust hospital readmission penalties via socioeconomic stratification.
CDC says the uninsured rate dropped to record low of 9.1% following ACA implementation.
Nearly six out of ten enrollees are satisfied with their ACA Marketplace plan costs.
Highmark is suing the feds for $233M in Marketplace risk corridor payments that Congress blocked.
Cigna wants to cut opioid use among its customers by 25% in the next 3 years.
Final wellness program rules peg incentives to employers’ cheapest plan & bar them for family coverage.
Mental disorders top the list of conditions with the highest spending in the US at $201B.
BCBSA says specialty drug spending per patient increased by 26% from 2013-14.
Common surgeries at rural Critical Access Hospitals have less costs & complication s vs. other hospitals.
Keeping systolic pressure @ 120mm lowers seniors’ heart disease risk by 1/3d & mortality rates by 1/4.
Tai Chi is as good as standard physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis & also improves depression/QOL.
FDA is requiring nutrition labels to list added sugar grams & recommended daily maximum percentages.
ACA plans want average premium hikes of 17.3% in New York, 17.7% in Florida & 13.5% in Washington.
New Jersey’s average ACA premiums being paid actually dropped 2% this year.
Oklahoma’s Medicaid expansion opposition is rapidly softening due to a $1.3B budget hole.
Texas Medicaid expansion has support of 60% of the state’s residents
Just 7% of medium-sized firms plan to stop offering coverage within 5 years, down from 21% in 2013.
A telehealth firm with 100M consumer offers an online marketplace to choose from a menu of doctors.
KFF says nearly 25% of covered workers were enrolled in high-deductible plans in 2015 vs. 13% in 2010.
Employers facing a high-cost specialty drug “tidal wave” need to balance cost control & drug access.
Employers’ medical spending for children grew 5.1% every year from 2010-14 hitting a high of $2,660.
Paul Cotton is the Director of Federal Affairs. He works on health reform and other initiatives to improve health care quality. Previously he was an AARP Senior Legislative Representative lobbying Congress and the Administration on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health reform and quality improvement issues. He has also worked at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Hearings & Policy Presentation Director in the Office of Legislation, and as a journalist for publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.