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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.

Join Deloitte’s leaders as they share updates, insights and implications that help industry executives stay informed and ahead of changes in the health care system.

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Current issues

November 2014

Health Care Current: November 25, 2014

  • My Take: From linear to exponential thinking: How will your organization activate innovation?
  • Implementation and Adoption 
    • 2015 marketplace open enrollment begins; CMS updates enrollment numbers; 2015 FFM rates released 
    • HHS issues proposed rule on benefit and payment parameters for 201
    • Drug coupons: pro or con?
    • CBO updates SGR repeal score; decreases long-term cost projections of freeze
    • Report: Hospitals recognized as top performers based on quality measures increased by 11 percent 
    • Providers offer recommendations for NAIC’s new network adequacy standards
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • Congress considers changes to FDA’s priority review voucher program, including adding Ebola to the eligible list
    • Review of Halbig v. Burwell suspended until Supreme Court rules on King v. Burwell; KFF finds 13.4 million could lose subsidies in 2016
  • Around the Country 
    • Report: Tennessee’s uninsured rate drops by 23 percent in 2014 due to rise in access to coverage 
    • CMS approves one-year extension of Indiana’s HIP demonstration; state’s HIP 2.0 Medicaid expansion plan still pending
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • VA expands, innovates telehealth program
       

Health Care Current: November 11, 2014

  • My Take: Marketplace open enrollment forecast for year two: Six of one, half a dozen of the other?
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • U.S. Supreme Court to review King v. Burwell; 18 states urge Appeals Court to rule in favor of allowing the subsidies to continue
    • Midterm election results
    • HHS: The number of uninsured dropped by more than 10 million from 2013 to 2014 due to the ACA
    • Study: Specialty drug spending per Medicare beneficiary increased by 47 percent from 2007 to 2011
  • On the Hill & In the Courts
    • Administration to issue regulations around hospitalization coverage in large-employer health plans
    • FDA’s CBER approves first “breakthrough” biologic vaccine for meningococcal disease
  • Around the Country
    • Survey: Arkansas’s Medicaid ‘private option’ helps reduce uncompensated care by 56 percent
    • Report: Market share and negotiation power affect premiums in the marketplaces, not always the size of provider networks
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Researchers look to preschools as a novel biosurveillance tool
       

Health Care Current: November 4, 2014

  • My Take: Ebola outbreak: Turning fear into action
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • CMS releases final rules on Medicare physician payments, hospital outpatient services and end-stage renal disease
    • Report: Individuals with employer-sponsored insurance spent more per capita on health care services despite declining utilization
    • Study: States’ role in accountable care is growing
    • Report: The ACA employer mandate may lead to a small drop in employment or hours worked
  • On the Hill & In the Courts
    • CMS delays ACA transparency coverage requirement, gives insurers more time to collect data
    • CMS releases final rule updating the Home Health Prospective Payment System rates for 2015
    • HHS allows five states to preview FF-SHOP marketplace before open enrollment
  • Around the Country
    • Marketplace premiums decline in Colorado and Connecticut, increase in Vermont
    • Report: Oregon insurers continue to sell coverage through association health plans
    • Massachusetts Alternative Quality Contract yielded savings and improved care
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Public-private initiative aims to harness data to improve health

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Archive issues

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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