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Weekly insights to keep you informed and ahead

This weekly series explores breaking news and developments in the U.S. health care industry, examines key issues facing life sciences and health care companies and provides updates and insights on policy, regulatory and legislative changes.

Each edition includes:

My Take: Insights from Deloitte leaders on the current state of the industry, where it could be headed and possible implications for key stakeholder groups.

Implementation & Adoption: Updates on ACA implementation and other significant health care policies and regulatory changes.

On the Hill & In the Courts: Recent, current and pending health care-related legislation, major rules/guidance and court rulings of importance to industry stakeholders.

Around the Country: State-level health care issues, policies and programs.

Breaking Boundaries: Breakthroughs and new technologies that are driving momentum and change.

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Current issues

December 2014

Health Care Current: December 23, 2014

  • My Take: Orchestrating a harmonious health care system
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • HHS: Enrollment grows to nearly 2.5 million by December 12
    • CCIIO issues draft 2016 letter to FFM issuers
    • National uninsured rate drops from 14.4 in 2013 to 12.2 in 2014; young adults see greatest drop
    • Report: Potential impact of a Supreme Court ruling against subsidies in the FFM
    • ProPublica finds increased prescribing of Schedule 2 drugs to Medicare beneficiaries
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • Congress: ONC should decertify EHRs that block information exchange
    • CMS: Medicare payments to be cut for hospitals with high HAC rates
    • FDA accepts third biosimilar application
    • CMS to fine 257,000 eligible professionals for failing to meet Meaningful Use
  • Around the Country 
    • Tennessee announces Medicaid expansion plan; hospitals to finance future funding gap
    • CMS funds more State Innovation Models 
    • Vermont cancels plans to adopt single-payer health care system
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Using EMRs to reduce NICU errors

Health Care Current: December 16, 2014

  • My Take: How do we incentivize innovative, patient-centered care?
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • Congress signs $1.1 trillion spending bill; includes health care-related items
    • HHS: Nearly 1.4 million consumers have selected plans on
    • Survey: Out-of-pocket spending continues to burden consumers
    • SSI claims for people with disability dropped by 10.6 percent in 2014
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • ONC releases Health IT Strategic Plan; targets data collection, sharing and usability
    • CMS ext ends the deadline for claims and enrollment data submission for reinsurance and risk adjustment programs
    • Congressmen Upton and Sessions urge CMS to continue toward ICD-10 implementation
  • Around the Country
    • OIG: 51 percent of Medicaid managed care providers inaccessible to patients
    • The definition of pediatric services varies across states due to lack of ACA clarity
    • Study: Half of Cover Oregon enrollees were previously uninsured
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Nanoflares show cancer cells that may be lurking after surgery


Health Care Current: December 9, 2014

  • My Take: Optimism in an era of major transformation for global life sciences
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • HHS: More than 765,000 consumers have selected plans on
    • CMS releases 2013 National Health Expenditure report; spending growth at 50-year low
    • NAMD urges CMS for dual eligible and D-SNPs changes 
    • HHS: 1.3 million fewer HACs from 2010-2013, estimated savings of $12 billion 
    • GAO: Three insurers in 37 states control 80 percent of the health insurance market
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • CMS proposes updates to Medicare Shared Savings Program
    • CMS finalizes Medicaid DSH policy on definition of “uninsured”
    • AHA urges FDA to apply cybersecurity standards to medtech device makers
  • Around the Country
    • Wyoming releases SHARE Plan, the state’s alternative to Medicaid expansion
    • Healthy Utah plan details unveiled; expands Medicaid coverage to 95,000 individuals
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Kiosks in the grocery store increase access to care 


Health Care Current: December 2, 2014

  • My Take: Feeling the pinch: The impact of rising out-of-pocket health care spending
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • Nearly half a million individuals enrolled in marketplace plans during the first week
    • CMS says it is considering changes to the Medicare star rating system, including for plans enrolling dual eligibles
    • CMS extends deadlines for hospitals to report Meaningful Use, Hospital Inpatient Quality
    • Poll: Respondents unwilling to share non-medical data with providers; show low concern over data privacy
  • On the Hill and In the Courts
    • Biosensing wearables go to court
    • CMS moves to use CED process with greater frequency
  • Around the Country
    • New Hampshire submits Medicaid “private option” plan to expand coverage to 45,000 new eligible enrollees 
    • Rhode Island’s state-based marketplace seeks state funds for FY2016 
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • New tool aims to make tracking clinical trial regulations easier

Archive issues

November 2014

Health Care Current: Novemeber 25, 2014
How will your organization activate innovation?

Health Care Current: Novemeber 11, 2014
Marketplace open enrollment forecast for year two

Health Care Current: Novemeber 4, 2014
Ebola outbreak: Turning fear into action

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October 2014

Health Care Current: October 28, 2014
Decision time: Prioritizing state health care agendas 

Health Care Current: October 21, 2014
Fostering innovation through Medicaid managed care

Health Care Current: October 14, 2014
Imagine health care without technology 

Health Care Current: October 7, 2014
Attention passengers: The Open Payments database is now live 

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September 2014

Health Care Current: September 30, 2014
Applying a venture capital approach to accelerate cures 

Health Care Current: September 23, 2014
Consumer engagement: Is less more? 

Health Care Current: September 16, 2014
Chasing the vision of safe, high-quality, effective and efficient care 

Health Care Current: September 9, 2014
Social media: opportunity or Achilles heel? 

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August 2014

Health Care Current: August 26, 2014
Crafting your 2020 strategy? Don’t try to predict the future 

Health Care Current: August 19, 2014
An M&A roadmap to enhance the chances of success 

Health Care Current: August 12, 2014
Private health insurance exchanges: Bright long-term prospects clouded by continuing uncertainty 

Health Care Current: August 5, 2014
A policy wonk’s delight: The Social Security and Medicare Trustees report 

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July 2014

Health Care Current: July 29, 2014
Remember those New Year’s resolutions? It’s time for a checkup 

Health Care Current: July 22, 2014
Disruptive innovation: Join in or lose a seat at the table? 

Health Care Current: July 15, 2014
Taking the patient experience to new heights 

Health Care Current: July 8, 2014
From formation to reform: Three major shifts in the U.S. health care system 

Health Care Current: July 1, 2014
Welcome to the age of biosensing wearables 

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June 2014

Health Care Current: June 24, 2014
In health care compliance, the devil is often in the details 

Health Care Current: June 17, 2014
How can acute care hospitals ward off commoditization? 

Health Care Current: June 10, 2014
All health care is local – or is it? 

Health Care Current: June 3, 2014
The next leg of health care’s run toward the Triple Crown

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May 2014

Health Care Current: May 20, 2014
Young and looking for more: Is the health care industry hitting the mark with young adults? 

Health Care Current: May 13, 2014
States’ roles in the value-based care revolution 

Health Care Current: May 6, 2014
Updating the M&A playbook: Deepening the bench for a “value game” 

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April 2014

Health Care Current: April 29, 2014
The new wallet biopsy

Health Care Current: April 22, 2014
On the road to value-based care, are the physician reimbursement data a gold mine?

Health Care Current: April 15, 2014
Quality rating scores in exchanges are important, even if consumers don’t use them 

Health Care Current: April 8, 2014
No time to slow down: looking forward to 2015 open enrollment 

Health Care Current: April 1, 2014
ICD-10: Dealing with uncertainty when the stakes are high 

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March 2014

Health Care Current: March 25, 2014
Fixing an unsatisfactory equilibrium in health care: riding the new wave of social entrepreneurship 

Health Care Current: March 18, 2014
Is compliance enough? Five steps for managing cyber threats in an ever-evolving risk landscape 

Health Care Current: March 11, 2014
Innovation to what end? Taking care of the “jobs to be done” for health care consumers 

Health Care Current: March 4, 2014
Achieving interoperability: it’s not about how much you own; it’s about how much you share 

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February 2014

Health Care Current: February 25, 2014
Thinking big, starting small, moving quickly: the power of health care analytics 

Health Care Current: February 18, 2014
Fighting fraud and abuse in health care: creating a culture of compliance 

Health Care Current: February 11, 2014
“All we want are the facts, ma’am”: Product messaging in a value-based marketplace 

Health Care Current: February 4, 2014
There's more than one way to cook an egg: Medicaid and its possible recipes for expansion 

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January 2014

Health Care Current: January 28, 2014
Seeing past the blind spot: is transparency in health care enough? 

Health Care Current: January 21, 2014
Government policy influencing health care change in the world’s two largest 

Health Care Current: January 14, 2014
Understanding the balance between fostering innovation and driving competition in biopharma 

Health Care Current: January 7, 2014
No more “business as usual” in 2014: setting attainable New Year’s resolutions 

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December 2013

Health Care Current: December 17, 2013
Pharma innovation: it’s the science, stupid! 

Health Care Current: December 10, 2013
Doctor, please help—big data is making me phat! 

Health Care Current: December 3, 2013
Global health care: Shared challenges leading to shared solutions 

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November 2013

Health Care Current: November 26, 2013
From scrape to hospital stay: the case for health care at home 

Health Care Current: November 19, 2013
Translating between finance and benefits: becoming an employer of choice 

Health Care Current: November 12, 2013
The art of becoming big: the dilemma of mergers & acquisitions in health care 

Health Care Current: November 5, 2013
Exponential times call for innovative minds

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October 2013

Health Care Current: October 29, 2013
Health plans: are you ready to retail? 

Health Care Current: October 22, 2013
Overprescribed: health care and the challenge of drug diversion 

Health Care Current: October 15, 2013
Health care and the global tax landscape: remaining flexible amid uncertainty 

Health Care Current: October 8, 2013
Defining moments and the evolution of Medicaid managed care

Health Care Current: October 1, 2013
Health insurance exchanges: now taking orders… 

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September 2013

Health Care Current: September 24, 2013
The medtech industry: four key areas critical for future success 

Health Care Current: September 17, 2013
Health IT: Adding lasting value to the “fly-by” appointments 

Health Care Current: September 10, 2013
Innovation through convergence - the lesson of color TVs and the Wizard of Oz 

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