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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

January 2015 

Health Care Current: January 27, 2015

  • My Take: The urgent need in value-based care
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • President Obama gives State of the Union; health care not a prominent topic in the speech
    • Study: ACA has led to lowest uninsured rates and greatest affordability in more than a decade
    • CDC reports improvements in hospital infections 
    • Seven out of the 10 busiest emergency rooms saw patient visits increase from 2012-2013
  • On the Hill and In the Courts
    • House E&C holds SGR hearing 
    • SCOTUS hears oral arguments for Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.
    • HHS OIG to CMS: Step up oversight of hospital relationships with compounding pharmacies
  • Around the Country
    • More than 7.1 million individuals enrolled in coverage through FFM
    • Arkansas governor announces plans for Medicaid “Private Option”
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Fighting the flu through improving vaccine technology


Health Care Current: January 20, 2015

  • My Take: Doubling down: The new focus for pharma
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • Urban Institute analyzes potential impact of SCOTUS subsidies case; premiums could rise 35 percent
    • 2015 open enrollment update: Nearly 6.8 million enrolled in FFM plans
    • Medicare begins paying primary care physicians to coordinate care for patients with multiple chronic conditions 
    • Study: Multi-state plans may increase consolidation and decrease competition
    • CMS hospital transitions program has not seen large improvements in readmission rates
  • On the Hill and In the Courts
    • Lawmakers introduce bill to repeal medical device tax 
    • Lawmakers outline framework for 21st Century Cures legislation
  • Around the Country
    • Safety-net clinics see overall increase in patient visits; uninsured patient visits decline and Medicaid patient visits increase in expansion states
    • New York passes telehealth bill
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Targeted, tailored smoking cessation programs may help smokers quit


Health Care Current: January 13, 2015

  • My Take: The opportunity in do-it-yourself health care
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • Value-based payments make up 40 percent of commercial payments in 2014 
    • Study: ACA has had “no effect” on employer-sponsored coverage thus far
    • More new Medicare beneficiaries enrolling in MA than in prior years; 52 percent of 2011 MA enrollees switched from traditional Medicare 
    • ACA silver-level family plans have widely varying deductibles 
    • Hospital quality reporting may be linked to lower hospital pricing
    • Study: Physicians are less confident than other hospital staff in their department’s ability to resolve Meaningful Use issues
    • HHS: Enrollment grows to nearly 6.6 million as of January 2
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • FDA proposes rule requiring electronic transmission of certain prescription data 
    • FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee recommends approval of first biosimilar application
    • CMS issues last round of grant funds for marketplaces
    • House passes bill exempting many veterans from ACA employer mandate
  • Around the Country 
    • Medicaid physician pay “bump” expires 
    • States have customized ACA rules on premium rating
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Large employers spur innovative health care system change


Health Care Current: January 6, 2015

  • My Take: Can health care meet great expectations for 2015?
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • HHS releases figures for the first month of marketplace open enrollment; nearly 1.8 million are new consumers, 1.6 million reenrolling in the FFM
    • Medicare Shared Savings Program added 89 new ACOs
    • New investments in digital health doubled in 2014
    • Employer mandate goes into effect; could be target for new Congress
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • HHS, Labor and Treasury propose updates to summary of benefits and coverage rules
    • IRS, Treasury finalize regulations for charitable hospital and community health needs assessment requirements
    • CMS: Latest ICD-10 testing was successful
    • Senate Special Committee on Aging recommends changes to Medicare Part D program
  • Around the Country 
    • D.C. uninsured rate decreased from 2013 to 2014 
    • NORC report to ONC finds states face challenges with health information exchanges
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Tiny wireless device could lead to better understanding and treatment of chronic pain

Archive issues

December 2014

Health Care Current: December 23, 2014
Orchestrating a harmonious health care system

Health Care Current: December 16, 2014
How do we incentivize innovative, patient-centered care?

Health Care Current: December 9, 2014
Optimism in an era of major transformation for global life sciences

Health Care Current: December 2, 2014
Feeling the pinch: The impact of rising out-of-pocket health care spending

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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