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Key Facts from CBO Report on Obamacare Repeal Bill
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their report last week on the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. CBO stressed the uncertainty of its estimates, given that it's hard to know which states would take up the chance to opt out of certain key parts of Obamacare. This factor was a key reason why CBO's estimates were not accurate on Obamacare — states opting to not expand coverage, when the estimates assumed they would. Here are ten things to know about the CBO's findings:
View the full CBO report.
- 14 million fewer people will be insured one year after passage.
- 23 million fewer will be insured in 10 years.
- AHCA would cut spending on Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for low-income people, by $834 billion. The program would cover 14 million fewer people.
- Premiums will go up in 2018 and 2019. After that, there will be significant variation depending on whether someone lives in a state that opts out of key Obamacare insurance rules.
- In states that waive some Obamacare rules, premiums would decline by 20 percent over a decade compared to current law.
- One out of six Americans will live in an area with an unstable insurance market in 2020, where sick people could have trouble finding coverage. But five out of six would have access to relatively stable markets.
- Poor, older Americans would be hit especially hard. The average 64-year-old earning just above the poverty line would have to pay about 9 times more in premiums.
- In 2026, 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured — almost twice as many as the 28 million who would have lacked coverage under Obamacare.
- The bill will save $119 billion, which is $32 billion less than a previous version of AHCA.
- It repeals $664 billion worth of taxes and fees that had financed Obamacare.
Read more in FierceHealthcare.
ACMA Announces Leadership and Physician Advisor Conference Dates
Make plans now to join us for the 2017 ACMA Leadership Conference and the 2017 ACMA Physician Advisors Conference, Nov 5-7, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. Case Management, Transitions of Care, and Physician Advisor leaders and industry experts will discuss community partnerships, provide tools, and present examples and successful models which can be replicated and incorporated into your current practice. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
Help Your Organization Address and Improve Readmission Rates
Reducing readmissions is a priority for hospital and health care systems looking to improve care while lowering costs; however, addressing readmissions can be challenging due to the complex nature of at-risk populations and the multiple system factors that can contribute to an avoidable hospital readmission. ACMA's Compare benchmarking tool aids organizations in rapidly identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses in avoiding readmissions. Compare also provides staff training webinars and suggested interventions for reducing readmissions so you can place your improvement resources where they will make a difference. Join the more than 250 facilities that have chosen to utilize ACMA's Compare benchmarking service.
More Than 1000 Facilities Are Using 2017 Compass Directional Training.
Join the more than 1000 facilities that are already using 2017 Compass Directional Training. The 2017 release of this popular online learning system offers several new additions, along with fully reviewed and revised training content. Subscribers will see new enhancements to get the most from their experience with Compass, including a widescreen format and improved navigational tools, along with new simulations and points of interactivity that test application of knowledge with real-world scenarios. Contact ACMA to learn more about how Compass 2017 can benefit your organization.
Trump's $4.1 Trillion Budget: 9 Healthcare Takeaways
President Donald Trump's first full budget proposal will include $3.6 trillion in spending cuts to balance the budget in the next decade.
Although the full $4.1 trillion budget plan, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness," will be released, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney briefed White House reporters on the budget.
Here are nine of the key proposals related to healthcare in President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1.
Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Pushes for Telemedicine Expansion
When it comes to healthcare and congress, finding bipartisan support on anything is a daunting task. That said, politicians from both sides are coming together in support of new bills aimed at improving and expanding telemedicine services in the United States.
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are considering both the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 and the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (MTPA).
Senate Republicans Start Their Version of Obamacare Repeal
Senate Republicans have started writing their Obamacare repeal bill — even though few decisions have been made about how to resolve the biggest policy disagreements.
Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, whose committee oversees the budget process that the GOP is using to fast-track the repeal effort through the Senate, told POLITICO he's starting to draft the legislation.
How Two NewYork-Presbyterian Pharmacists Tapped Into Telehealth To Improve Care For Transplant Patients
Medication adherence is an important aspect of any patient's care. But the stakes are just a little bit higher when that patient has just undergone an organ transplant.
For a transplant patient, missing an antirejection dose isn't like forgetting your daily cholesterol pill. That's one reason that two pharmacists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital decided to start seeing patients virtually — an approach that allows them to maintain continuity of care after discharge from the hospital while expanding the hospital's service to patients that would otherwise end up in the emergency department.
Addressing Behavioral Health To Improve All Health
Each year, the nation's health system spends billions of dollars trying to treat, manage and prevent an array of avoidable conditions that only continue to grow in prevalence. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths annually are attributable to chronic conditions. Patients with chronic conditions account for 81 percent of all hospital admissions, 91 percent of all prescriptions filled and 76 percent of all physician visits. Roughly 86 percent of the $2.9 trillion spent on healthcare in 2013 was related to chronic disease.
|June 15, 2017
||Utah Chapter Conference
||West Valley City, UT
|June 16, 2017
||Washington Chapter Conference
|June 23, 2017
||New Jersey Chapter Conference
|July 6-7, 2017
||Northern California Chapter Conference
|July 14, 2017
||Oregon Chapter Conference
|July 28, 2017
||Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Conference
|Aug. 3-4, 2017
||Florida Chapter Conference
|Aug. 12, 2017
||Georgia Chapter Conference
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||Central Texas Chapter Conference
|Sept. 16, 2017
||Maryland Chapter Conference
|Sept. 23, 2017
||Virginia Chapter Conference
|Sept. 25, 2017
||North Carolina Chapter Conference
|Oct. 3, 2017
||Wisconsin Chapter Conference
||Lake Geneva, WI
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