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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

November 2015

Health Care Current: November 24, 2015

  • My Take: Breaking constraints through provider-sponsored plans
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • CMS proposes 2017 benefit and payment parameters for the HIXs
    • HHS holds drug pricing forum
    • 2016 HIX enrollment passes 1 million 
    • Fewer consumers receive MLR rebates for 2014
    • CMS will test bundled payments in 67 geographic areas in 2016
    • Verizon: 90 percent of industries have had a breach of protected health information
    • Study: Three-quarters of US hospitals have basic EHR systems
  • On the Hill & In the Courts
    • AMA and other provider groups send CMS feedback on MACRA
    • VA proposes new plan for veterans who need care in the community
    • MedPAC identifies telehealth barriers
    • CMS proposes new star ratings for dual demo plans
  • Around the Country
    • Maryland’s global budget experiment slowed cost growth and saved Medicare $116 million
    • State actions seek to reduce consumers’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Next generation cancer detection


Health Care Current: November 17, 2015

  • My Take: Picking the right recipe for cHealth
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • More than 540,000 enrolled in HIX coverage during first week of open enrollment
    • Analysis projects shortfall for health plans from 2015 risk corridors
    • NAIC proposes provider network adequacy standards 
    • Study: Impact of tax subsidies for health insurance on purchase decisions
    • Study: 85 percent of Medicare Part D plans have a preferred pharmacy network
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • Senate lawmakers send letter to CMS, OCR questioning practices and policies around medical identity theft
    • CMS announces 2016 premiums and deductibles for Medicare Parts A and B 
    • CBO: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are 48 percent of federal spending
    • MedPAC continues work on unified post-acute care payment system
  • Around the Country
    • Colorado set to vote on single-payer system next year
    • Report examines health disparities across the US
    • New Jersey passes biosimilar substitution law
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • Researchers make strides to reduce antibiotic resistance


Health Care Current: November 10, 2015

  • My Take: Taking a scalpel to global drug access and affordability
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • HIX third open enrollment period begins as HHS releases public use data on HIX plans
    • CMS proposes changes to MA risk adjustment model to account for dual eligibles
    • AHRQ: 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013
    • Report: Medicaid managed care saved $2.4 billion in 2011
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • House E&C subcommittee passes mental health bill; Democrats offer alternative proposal
    • EEOC proposes new rule regarding employer wellness programs
    • FDA seeks feedback on how to use innovative technologies in clinical research
    • FDA delays track-and-trace enforcement
  • Around the Country
    • Report outlines recommendations for engaging providers in Medicare-Medicaid integrated care programs
    • CMS approves Montana's Medicaid expansion waiver
    • Medicaid director survey shows ongoing change across Medicaid programs
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • NIH to study mobile health impact on heart disease


Health Care Current: November 3, 2015

  • My Take: Capitalizing on the latest breakthrough drug: The patient
  • Implementation & Adoption
    • HHS: Average HIX premiums will rise 7.5 percent in 2016
    • CMS publishes final Medicare physician, hospital outpatient payment rules
    • CMS: More than 1,800 hospitals will receive VBP payments in 2016
    • Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network proposes principles for alternative payment models framework
    • Study: 2014 health care spending for individuals in employer-sponsored insurance rose 3.4 percent 
    • AMA: Side effects and costs are key reasons for non-adherence to medications
  • On the Hill & In the Courts 
    • Congress, White House reach budget deal
  • Around the Country
    • Study: New Hampshire leads in hospital-based information exchange
    • Report: States should improve oversight of network adequacy
    • Governors push for guidance on state innovation waivers
  • Breaking Boundaries 
    • Social media may help drive health care quality improvement

Archive issues

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

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

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

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”

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

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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