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 | April 25, 2017

  • My Take: Incubators could help medtech innovators hatch new products…and get them to market
  • In the News
    • New CMS guidance gives states more authority to certify QHPs
    • CMS increases payments to hospitals and asks for ideas for cutting hospital regulations
    • New bill would cap non-economic claims amounts for medical malpractice lawsuits
    • HIMSS: HHS should delay new HIT certification requirements
    • GAO: CMS and states should share information on improper Medicaid payments
    • Wisconsin announces 1115 Medicaid waiver proposal
    • NASHP: Maine’s “invisible” high-risk pool can provide lessons for stabilizing the individual market
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • VA offers new online access and quality tool

Health Care Current | April 18, 2017

  • My Take: Cures Act: An important mile marker in the journey to treat disease
  • In the News
    • CMS releases final market stabilization rule giving plans more control
    • Administration considers the future of cost-sharing reductions and S&P reviews long-term stability of the exchange market
    • SCOTUS will hear arguments on biosimilar review pathway
    • New York and Maryland pass bills to limit drug prices
    • PTAC recommends two payment models to HHS for review
    • Report: Maryland’s remote patient monitoring pilot program shows promise
    • MACPAC: Total Medicaid payments to hospitals are comparable to or higher than Medicare payments
    • Florida will receive almost $1 billion in Low Income Pool funding
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Can digital innovations in clinical research help recruit participants?

Health Care Current | April 11, 2017

  • My Take: Despite changing political waters, there may be waves of opportunity for Medicaid
  • In the News
    • CMS increases payments rates to MA plans and delays move to encounter data for risk adjustment
    • MedPAC recommends limits to Part B drug payments
    • Clinicians in ACOs are more likely to score higher under MACRA
    • Minnesota legislature passes state-funded reinsurance program
    • Massachusetts seeks flexibility in health care programs
    • Senate Committee supports quick reauthorization of FDA user fee package
    • HSenate Committee question FDA nominee on his goals and priorities
    • CMS announces participants for its Accountable Health Communities model
    • Report: Mandatory PDMPs can reduce opioid prescription for Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • DNA-based Zika virus vaccine moves forward in US

Health Care Current | April 4, 2017

  • My Take: MACRA offers a bridge away from fee-for-service as good as the Golden Gate
  • In the News
    • CMS issues final rule on limits for DSH funding after third party payments
    • New CMS campaign to pair patients with doctors in ACOs
    • Report: Payment policies can help manage the cost of prescription drugs
    • Report: Health IT, community health workers can reduce costs of care for innovative delivery models
    • AHRQ seeks input on telehealth for acute and chronic care consultations
    • HHS Secretary Price testifies at the House Appropriations Committee in support of the president’s budget proposal
    • House E&C hearing generally supportive of the direction of FDA medical device user fee agreement
    • States debate path forward with Medicaid
    • Wisconsin launches mandatory PDMD to combat opioid abuse
  • Breaking Boundaries
    • Reducing opioid use: Innovations from the ER, the dental community, and the federal government

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

Archive issues

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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