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What's New

New data from the CDC shows that in 2014, 74.1% of office-based physicians had a certified electronic health record (EHR) system, up from 67.5% in 2013.

New budget data and analysis from CBO’s, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026.” In 2015, federal spending for the major health care programs—Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and subsidies offered through health insurance exchanges and related spending—exceeded Social Security outlays for the first time. In total, such spending equaled $936 billion last year, an increase of $105 billion (or about 13 percent).

Report from Kaiser Family Foundation, “The Rising Cost of Living Longer: Analysis of Medicare Spending by Age for Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare.” Between 2010 and 2050, the United States population ages 65 and older will nearly double, the population ages 80 and older will nearly triple, and the number of nonagenarians and centenarians—people in their 90s and 100s—will quadruple.

Between December 2013 and March 2015, the share of 50- to 64-year-olds with a usual source of care other than emergency departments increased from 78.9 percent to 82.4 percent. New data from AARP’s report, “Monitoring the Impact of Health Reform on Americans Ages 50–64.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aims to have 30% of Medicare payments tied to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016, and 50% by the end of 2018. CMS’s outline available in their 2016 Quality Strategy.

Recent Briefings

Research shows that approximately 40 percent of former federal prisoners and over 60 percent of former state prisoners are rearrested within three years of release and many are re-incarcerated. Individuals transitioning into and out of the criminal justice system include many low-income adults with significant physical and mental health needs. Through outreach and education, correctional facilities are increasingly playing a key role in connecting eligible individuals to health care coverage and other social supports to facilitate their reintegration into the community. The Medicaid coverage expansion is also providing new opportunities to increase health care access to this particular population and potentially improving health outcomes, while bringing down costs. This briefing, the last in our “Medicaid: Beyond the Silos” series, will build on last year’s correctional health briefing, with an added focus on reentry programs, and will further explore the intersection of health policy and the criminal justice system.  Read More

In 2014, there were a total of 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector – a record number, up from 1,035 the year before. This briefing discussed the driving forces behind this recent increase in consolidation; the scope and extent of consolidation among doctors, hospitals and insurers; implications for consumers and other stakeholders; and the roles of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.  Read More

Evidence shows that medication adherence—the extent to which a person takes medications as prescribed by their health care providers—is associated with improved health care outcomes for many costly chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. However, only 50% percent of Americans are estimated to take their medications as prescribed, and non-adherence is estimated to result in added direct and indirect costs to the healthcare system of over $300 billion per year. The challenges and policy questions surrounding medication adherence affect Medicare, Medicaid, and the private sector – and offer a window into broader questions surrounding the ability of our health care system to coordinate care, particularly for people with multiple chronic conditions. In this briefing, top experts from the public and private sectors explored key policy, practical, and research questions surrounding medication adherence and management of medications: Read More


Health Care Consolidation


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Health Care Consolidation: What You Need to Know


A recent whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions has thrown health care industry consolidation into the spotlight. In 2014 alone, there were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector at a value of $387 billion, a new record. In this roundtable for reporters, featuring a top FTC official and two experts, panelists discussed the drivers behind this recent trend; the scope and extent of consolidation among doctors, hospitals and insurers; implications for consumers and other stakeholders; and the roles of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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New Toolkit on Health Care Consolidation


There were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector in 2014 at a value of $387 billion, both record highs. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Health Care Consolidation,” looks at the drivers behind this trend, as well as implications for key players in the health care system and regulatory issues surrounding the issue.  Critics argue that consolidation could have a harmful impact on consumers, including higher costs, while others say some amount of activity is necessary to reshape the health care industry following changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act.

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