Health Care Current library

Weekly insights in the US health care industry

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.

Health Care Current

Each edition includes:

My Take: Highlights insights from Deloitte leaders on the current state of the industry, where it could be headed, and possible implications for key stakeholder groups. This section also highlights recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions research. 

In the News: Provides updates on legislative and regulatory health care reform initiatives as well as judicial decisions that impact the industry. The stories also delve into payment and delivery trends and changes across health care.

Breaking Boundaries: Discusses breakthroughs and new technologies that are driving momentum and change.  

Join Deloitte 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

Health Care Current January 16, 2018

  • My take: Many states seek more tools to address drug spending in Medicaid 
  • In the news
    • CMS releases guidance on implementing Medicaid work requirements
    • More than 100 new ACOs to participate in Medicare Shared Savings Program
    • CMS unveils voluntary bundled-payment model after cancelling mandatory bundles
    • Senate Finance considers Alex Azar HHS nomination
    • MedPAC makes recommendations for biosimilar use 
    • Executive order in Idaho will allow plans that do not meet ACA rules
    • Administration releases draft guidelines for data sharing between providers and researchers 
    • Maryland’s all-payer hospital payment system receives year-long extension
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Use of drones in health care could accelerate in 2018

Health Care Current January 9, 2018

  • My take: Happy New Year! What’s ahead for us?
  • In the news
    • 2.3 percent medical device tax goes back into effect
    • Administration proposes rules that would implement executive order on association health plans
    • Judge allows $1.6 billion in cuts to 340B Program to go forward
    • Consumer uptake of telehealth is limited, but satisfaction is high among users
    • Vermont allocates $620 million for its largest ACO
    • CMS halts state Medicaid delivery system reform funding
    • Payment updates could boost MA plans’ risk-adjustment scores and payments
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • New tests have potential to detect cancer easier, sooner 

January 2018

Archive issues

Health Care Current December 21, 2017
360-degree view of tax reform: Likely implications for life sciences and health care organizations

Health Care Current December 19, 2017
Can emerging technology help biopharma improve the returns on R&D?

Health Care Current December 12, 2017
The health care sector experienced many bright spots in 2017

Health Care Current December 5, 2017
2018 health plans outlook: More policy uncertainty likely ahead, but larger market shifts and business trends continue to redefine the sector

December 2017

Health Care Current November 21, 2017
2018 outlook: Life sciences firms could see some legislative headwinds, regulatory momentum

Health Care Current November 14, 2017
My Take: 2018 outlook: Many hospitals and health systems will be straddling two canoes

Health Care Current November 7, 2017
My Take: Once seen as a cost driver, technology is now often helping hospitals control costs

November 2017

Health Care Current October 31, 2017
The millennial workforce: How can hospital CEOs keep up?

Health Care Current October 24, 2017
The president’s executive order on health care: Not repeal, but is it a big deal?

Health Care Current October 17, 2017
Hospital execs reveal potential recipe for ‘high-value’ mergers and acquisitions

Health Care Current October 10, 2017
Robots, AI, and cognitive analysis: How technology is disrupting hospitals around the globe

Health Care Current October 3, 2017
In an era of exponentials, health care is on the cusp of a potential major transformation

October 2017

Health Care Current September 26, 2017
As health care plugs in, consumers want to know medical information is safe

Health Care Current September 19, 2017
Untie the Gordian Knot, knit together a collaboration

Health Care Current September 12, 2017
Back to school: The reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic of health care

September 2017

Health Care Current August 29, 2017
Experiments with Medicaid work requirements could create opportunities, administrative hurdles for health plans

Health Care Current August 22, 2017
Can MACRA promote greater synergy across Medicaid and Medicare APMs to transform care?

Health Care Current August 8, 2017
Hotspotting helped show us the link between social determinants and health …so how do we fix it?

Health Care Current August 1, 2017
What keeps health system CEOs up at night?

August 2017

Health Care Current July 25, 2017
In health care, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected

Health Care Current July 18, 2017
HSAs can help offset future health costs, but funding them is a struggle for some

Health Care Current July 11, 2017
As Congress pushes for Medicaid change, could a version of Reagan’s grand bargain simplify the program?

July 2017

Health Care Current June 27, 2017
Political fireworks of health reform may be nearing a crescendo

Health Care Current June 20, 2017
Cures, drug pricing, and collaboration are red-hot topics at summer life sciences conferences

Health Care Current June 13, 2017
With or without IPAB, we could see cuts to Medicare in 2018

Health Care Current June 6, 2017
Fixing health care’s affordability crisis – Let’s win this one for the Gipper!

June 2017

Health Care Current May 23, 2017
MACRA: Quietly transforming health care

Health Care Current May 16, 2017
Do higher patient experience ratings yield better clinical outcomes?

Health Care Current May 9, 2017
As House Republicans celebrate the AHCA, Senators begin to roll up their sleeves

Health Care Current May 2, 2017
Where we stand 103 days into the new administration

May 2017

Health Care Current: April 25, 2017
Incubators could help medtech innovators hatch new products…and get them to market

Health Care Current: April 18, 2017
Cures Act: An important mile marker in the journey to treat disease

Health Care Current: April 11, 2017
A new wave of opportunity for Medicaid innovation

Health Care Current: April 4, 2017
MACRA offers a bridge away from fee-for-service as good as the Golden Gate

April 2017

Health Care Current: March 28, 2017
The American Health Care Act has failed: What happens now?

Health Care Current: March 21, 2017
No one is an island: Managing post-acute care in the 21st century

Health Care Current: March 14, 2017
What does the new administration mean for life sciences companies?

Health Care Current: March 7, 2017
The business case for hospital collaboratives

March 2017

Health Care Current: February 28, 2017
Curing what ails the individual health insurance market: Considering the role of state high-risk pools

Health Care Current: February 21, 2017
Direct from HIMSS17: Customers are driving transformation in health care from the outside in

Health Care Current: February 14, 2017
The future for Medicare Advantage: A new generation of enrollees may ask more of their plans

Health Care Current: February 7, 2017
Blockchain: Coming soon to a health care use case near you

February 2017

Health Care Current: January 31, 2017
Are bundled payments an innovation in care delivery?

Health Care Current: January 24, 2017
How will the first 100 days of the Trump Administration impact long-term health care costs?

Health Care Current: January 17, 2017
Collaboration as a key to success in pharmaceutical R&D

Health Care Current: January 10, 2017
Considering the fate of the ACA: Repeal & devolve, not repeal & replace

Health Care Current: January 3, 2017
Lessons from Caesar: Looking back to move forward in health care

January 2017

Health Care Current: December 20, 2016
2016: Year in review for health care

Health Care Current: December 13, 2016
What’s on the horizon for the Military Health System?

Health Care Current: December 6, 2016
Global health care challenges need global solutions

December 2016

Health Care Current: November 22, 2016
Improving patient outcomes through changes to oncology payments

Health Care Current: November 15, 2016
The shifting landscape of emergency services

Health Care Current: November 10, 2016
What might Donald Trump’s election mean for health care?

Health Care Current: November 1, 2016
You can’t build a new house without the proper tools

November 2016

Health Care Current: October 25, 2016
What do the Ford Model T, retail clinics, and MACRA have in common?

Health Care Current: October 18, 2016
Going to school on MACRA: Building a foundation for succession

Health Care Current: October 11, 2016
Repeat after me: Inventions do not always lead to innovation

Health Care Current: October 4, 2016
Is wellness the unicorn of health care?

October 2016

Health Care Current: September 27, 2016
EHRs, health IT, and the future of patient relationship management

Health Care Current: September 20, 2016
MACRA: Changing the foundation of health care, one brick at a time

Health Care Current: September 13, 2016
A glimpse into the future: What technologies will allow consumers to get care at home?

September 2016

Health Care Current: August 30, 2016
Medicaid final rule defines the future of LTSS

Health Care Current: August 23, 2016
Telehealth: Aligning the incentives with the demand

Health Care Current: August 16, 2016
Innovation through convergence: You cannot do it alone

Health Care Current: August 9, 2016
Innovation in health care: Getting more for less

Health Care Current: August 2, 2016
The Cancer Moonshot initiative: Taking a giant leap toward a cure

August 2016

Health Care Current: July 26, 2016
Evolving drug policy: Working toward a solution

Health Care Current: July 19, 2016
MACRA: The status quo is not an option

Health Care Current: July 12, 2016
Please rate your stay: A better patient experience is associated with higher hospital margins

July 2016

Health Care Current: June 28, 2016
Improving patient outcomes: Translating better evidence into better results

Health Care Current: June 21, 2016
Managing the costs of diabetes care

Health Care Current: June 14, 2016
Social saving lives: Using social, mobile, analytics, and cloud services in new ways

June 2016

Health Care Current: May 31, 2016
Collaboration at every level: Solving the country’s opioid crisis

Health Care Current: May 24, 2016
Changing expectations: Preparing the physician of the future

Health Care Current: May 17, 2016
Teaching health care consumers to sing

Health Care Current: May 10, 2016
Getting to real value in health care

Health Care Current: May 3, 2016
MACRA: Health care transformation is picking up speed

May 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

April 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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March 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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February 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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January 2016

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