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Weekly insights to keep you informed and ahead

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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Health Care Current

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.


Current issues

May 2016

Health Care Current: May 24, 2016

  • My Take: Changing expectations: Preparing the physician of the future
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • House v. Burwell could have widespread effects on the exchanges if it is upheld
    • Exchange plans see a drop in generic drug copayments, rise in out-of-pocket cost limits
    • NCHS: National uninsured rate below 10 percent for first time
    • Study: Private-sector employers can help drive health care toward value-based care
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s final rules on wellness programs address incentives and protect confidentiality
    • FDA seeks industry and expert comment on use of 3D printing in medical settings
  • Around the Country 
    • Connecticut and Vermont pass laws to combat opioid abuse
    • FDA to finalize “compassionate use” plan for investigational drugs, parallel to many state efforts
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • Unraveling the mystery of the microbiome


Health Care Current: May 17, 2016

  • My Take: Teaching health care consumers to sing
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • Policy experts suggest creating a new CPC+ACO track for primary care practices
    • Most calls to exchange call center were for help with consumers’ eligibility for financial assistance 
    • Brookings describes five reasons why health care is vulnerable to cyber attacks 
    • Actuaries: Six major factors will drive health insurance premium changes in 2017
    • Recent study of CMS HVBP shows limited improvement in mortality rates
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • House lawmakers question CMS on MACRA implementation
    • CMS tightens eligibility parameters for special enrollment periods
    • HHS launches competition to help improve patients' experiences with medical billing
  • Around the Country 
    • Oregon could be first state to use a Section 1332 waiver for a Basic Health Program
    • Governors push Congress to approve emergency Zika funding
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Researchers are using new sources of data in the fight against cancer


Health Care Current: May 10, 2016

  • My Take: Getting to real value in health care
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • CMS publishes first Quality Measure Development Plan required by MACRA
    • CMS to pilot star rating displays for five states during 2017 open enrollment 
    • CMS extends transition to online SHOP exchanges and may allow use of private exchanges
    • Physician advisory committee for MACRA hosts clinicians to discuss proposed rule
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • TIGTA: IRS processed premium tax credits correctly 93 percent of the time
    • US and European regulators making strides toward increased collaboration on drug development
    • Congressional lawmakers aim to remove pain measures from HVBP program
  • Around the Country
    • Analysis outlines how Medicaid managed care requirements align to those for QHPs and Medicare Advantage plans
    • Study finds states that spend more on social services have better health
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Drones may speed up diagnosis for HIV


Health Care Current: May 3, 2016

  • My Take: MACRA: Health care transformation is picking up speed
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • MACRA proposed rule sets the stage for MIPS and APM frameworks
    • Final Medicaid managed care rule sets quality ratings, provider network, and medical loss ratio standards for states
    • Fewer than half of US hospitals rated “C” or below by Leapfrog
    • Health care executives remain optimistic about revenue growth but hesitant about technology advancements and success measurement 
    • Exchange customers access care like those with other coverage
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • House committees move opioid bills forward
    • MedPAC: Average margin for hospitals’ Medicare business is -9 percent
  • Around the Country
    • Federal Trade Commission says that Alaska’s telehealth expansion bill could increase access and lower Medicaid costs 
    • Hawaii governor authorizes state to apply for 1332 waiver
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Wearable data may assist in medical emergencies

Archive issues

April 2016

Health Care Current: April 26, 2016
Can health care break the cycle of cyber attacks?

Health Care Current: April 19, 2016
A glimpse into the future of health care at VA

Health Care Current: April 12, 2016
Planning ahead – for retirement and CMS payment policy changes

Health Care Current: April 5, 2016
Paying for innovation in medical technology

March 2016

Health Care Current: March 29, 2016
Provider-sponsored plans: The innovation health care needs

Health Care Current: March 22, 2016
Is medical innovation ready for the evolution of value-based care?

Health Care Current: March 15, 2016
Improving medication adherence: It’s personal

Health Care Current: March 8, 2016
Laying new tracks for measuring performance in health care

Health Care Current: March 1, 2016
Can technology-enabled home health provide care and convenience?

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February 2016

Health Care Current: February 23, 2016
The evolving state of innovation: Are 1332 waivers leading the way?

Health Care Current: February 16, 2016
The next frontier of patient-centered care

Health Care Current: February 9, 2016
Academic medical centers: Making innovation a core competency

Health Care Current: February 2, 2016
Navigating the blizzard of health care regulation and legislation

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January 2016

Health Care Current: January 26, 2016
Why the Cadillac tax should (still) not be ignored

Health Care Current: January 19, 2016
Flying solo: ACOs slow to integrate specialty physicians

Health Care Current: January 12, 2016
Digging in: How are employers investing in health and wellness?

Health Care Current: January 5, 2016
The health care innovator of the year

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December 2015

Health Care Current: December 22, 2015
Consumerism and affordability: Two sides of the same coin

Health Care Current: December 15, 2015
From microscope to pill bottle: The journey to patient centricity

Health Care Current: December 8, 2015
Enabling population health through predictive maintenance

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November 2015

Health Care Current: November 24, 2015
Breaking constraints through provider-sponsored plans

Health Care Current: November 17, 2015
Picking the right recipe for cHealth

Health Care Current: November 10, 2015
Taking a scalpel to global drug access and affordability

Health Care Current: November 3, 2015
Capitalizing on the latest breakthrough drug: The patient

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October 2015

Health Care Current: October 27, 2015
From transactional to transformative: Rethinking human services delivery

Health Care Current: October 20, 2015
Why health care providers should take heed of the Cadillac tax

Health Care Current: October 13, 2015
Defining and delivering population health

Health Care Current: October 6, 2015
A new health IT imperative: Consumer engagement

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September 2015

Health Care Current: September 29, 2015
Collaboration and innovation: Ending the 17-year “valley of death” in getting treatments to patients

Health Care Current: September 22, 2015
Back to the future: Is managed competition making a comeback?

Health Care Current: September 15, 2015
Moving beyond the hype of analytics in health care


Health Care Current: September 1, 2015
Partners in care: The evolving patient-physician dynamic

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August 2015

Health Care Current: August 25, 2015
Brand and cost: Equal partners in the health care value equation

Health Care Current: August 18, 2015
Building a legacy: Planning for the health system of the future

Health Care Current: August 11, 2015
HIX enrollees: From passive patient to engaged consumer

Health Care Current: August 4, 2015
The health plan of the future is easy to see

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July 2015

Health Care Current: July 28, 2015
Employing wellness: The employer’s role in promoting health

Health Care Current: July 21, 2015
Precision medicine: Bridging the gap between potential and reality

Health Care Current: July 14, 2015
Why health care is not “status quo”

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June 2015

Health Care Current: June 30, 2015
The peloton of health care: Breaking away from the pack

Special Edition Health Care Current: June 25, 2015
US Supreme Court rules in favor of Administration: Tax credits will continue through all ACA Exchanges

Health Care Current: June 23, 2015
A tale of two Commonwealths

Health Care Current: June 16, 2015
Building an open innovation approach to R&D

Health Care Current: June 9, 2015
What can health care learn from the FIFA scandal?

Health Care Current: June 2, 2015
The five unanswered questions surrounding biosimilars

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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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