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


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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

June 2015

Health Care Current: June 30, 2015

  • My Take: The peloton of health care: Breaking away from the pack
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • US Supreme Court rules in favor of Administration: Tax credits will continue through all ACA exchanges
    • ASCO releases value framework for cancer drugs
    • FDA seizes potentially dangerous drugs totaling $81 million in international operation
    • STUDY: Use of HIT to support care coordination in PCMHs varies; HIT is not providing the information that practitioners want most 
    • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange focuses on improving quality and performance in primary care clinics
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • CBO scores ACA repeal
    • CMS issues Medicaid managed care rate guidance
    • FDA issues guidance on physical attributes of generic drugs
    • CBO projects 21st Century Cures legislation to cost $106 billion
  • Around the Country
    • House Subcommittee holds hearing on Medicaid demonstration projects 
    • Covered California exchange to analyze patient claims data
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • The future of wearables: Using optics to monitor blood pressure and glucose levels


Special Edition Health Care Current: June 25, 2015

  • My Take: US Supreme Court rules in favor of Administration: Tax credits will continue through all ACA Exchanges

Health Care Current: June 23, 2015

  • My Take: A tale of two Commonwealths
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • CCIIO increases reinsurance payments to 100 percent for 2014
    • Independence at Home demonstration saves more than $3,000 per person
    • AHRQ: Care coordination improves 
    • Study: Improved quality may reduce medical liability claims 
    • HHS proposes to penalize drug manufacturers for overcharging 340B hospitals 
    • IOM identifies four cross-sector responses to obesity in the US
  • On the Hill and In the Courts
    • House HHS Appropriations subcommittee approved $153 billion spending bill
    • Lawmakers ask for an update on the Medicare fraud prevention program
    • MedPAC highlights Medicare issues and makes recommendations in latest report to Congress
  • Around the Country
    • MACPAC report looks at early state experiences with Medicaid delivery system reform 
    • CMS conditionally approves state-based exchanges in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Arkansas
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • A powerful new approach for studying interactions between viruses and the immune system


Health Care Current: June 16, 2015

  • My Take: Building an open innovation approach to R&D
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • Exchange enrollees have lower average drug spending and usage, but trends vary based on time of enrollment
    • HHS issues fraud warning about physician compensation arrangements
    • Health care spending sees major uptick
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • Congressional lawmakers detail potential solutions for a SCOTUS ruling against the administration
    • House approves companion to the PATENT Act
  • Around the Country
    • Readmissions in New York hospitals decreased for three conditions after Medicare added financial penalties
    • CMS publishes guidance on states’ use of establishment grant funds
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • Predictive risk model could help target therapies to high risk patients with hepatitis C


Health Care Current: June 9, 2015

  • My Take: What can health care learn from the FIFA scandal?
  • Implementation and Adoption
    • CMS updates MSSP in final rule
    • RAND: Nearly 17 million people newly insured after ACA rollout 
    • Commonwealth Fund: 23 percent of adults are underinsured
    • Study: Employer coverage remains steady
    • Study: Upcoding in MA risk adjustment costs the US $10 billion per year
    • Drug shortages up 74 percent from five years ago
    • CMS publishes second round of Medicare payment data
  • On the Hill and In the Courts 
    • Senate Judiciary Committee marks up PATENT Act
    • House lawmakers discuss Medicaid program integrity in a recent hearing
    • House Ways & Means committee marks up Medicare Advantage bills
  • Around the Country
    • Federal court delays Texas telemedicine rule
    • CMS publishes proposed premium rates for 2016 that are significantly higher than 2015
    • Governor of Pennsylvania applies to establish state-based marketplace
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • NCI announces "precision cancer" initiative


Health Care Current: June 2, 2015

  • My Take: The five unanswered questions surrounding biosimilars
  • Implementation and Adoption 
    • What are the various scenarios to look for in the US Supreme Court decision?
    • CMS intends to update Medicaid managed care regulations through proposed rule
    • Hospital readmission penalties spread more evenly across types of hospitals
    • CMS releases solicitation notice for Provider Compliance Reporting System
    • Study finds marked progress in personalized medicine, but challenges remain
  • On the Hill and In the Courts
    • House Energy and Commerce committee proposes $13.2 billion in offsets for 21st Century Cures
    • New CBO chief expects to use dynamic scoring more, especially as it relates to health care
    • House lawmakers introduce a bill to create the Comprehensive Care Payment Innovation program
    • New law expands veteran access to private care under Veteran’s Choice program
  • Around the Country
    • Legislation in five states addresses interchangeability of biosimilar products
    • Study finds that even with narrow networks in marketplace plans, access is similar to commercial plans
    • Minnesota eases EHR requirements for certain physicians
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • Maple syrup’s potential for combatting antibiotic resistance

Archive issues

May 2015

Health Care Current: May 19, 2015
Old habits die hard: Accommodating the newly insured

Health Care Current: May 12, 2015
Physicians under pressure: Was the “doc fix” enough?

Health Care Current: May 5, 2015
A beautiful strategy is nothing without results

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April 2015

Health Care Current: April 28, 2015
What if health care wasn’t the way it is?

Health Care Current: April 21, 2015
Interoperability falls flat

Health Care Current: April 14, 2015
Navigating the shifting course of value-based care

Health Care Current: April 7, 2015
Accelerating research through the power of patients: The race for Michael

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March 2015 

Health Care Current: March 31, 2015
Health plan alert: Disruptive innovation may be playing in your market

Health Care Current: March 24, 2015
What does value mean in health care?

Health Care Current: March 17, 2015
Change happens at the speed of trust

Health Care Current: March 10, 2015
King v. Burwell: Will the Supreme Court decision spur states to action?

Health Care Current: March 3, 2015
21st Century Cures: Revolutionizing the launch of new therapies

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February 2015

Health Care Current: February 24, 2015
A new chapter in value-based care

Health Care Current: February 17, 2015
Alternate Medicaid expansion: Crossing the proverbial bridge

Health Care Current: February 10, 2015
Four actions to put health care on a path toward system-wide interoperability

Health Care Current: February 3, 2015
Beyond the buzzword: In pursuit of innovation

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January 2015

Health Care Current: January 27, 2015
The urgent need in value-based care

Health Care Current: January 20, 2015
Doubling down: The new focus for pharma

Health Care Current: January 13, 2015
The opportunity in do-it-yourself health care

Health Care Current: January 6, 2015
Can health care meet great expectations for 2015?

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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

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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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