Growing criticism from GOP governors may be enough to convince some Republicans to kill the Senate’s ACA repeal legislation.
Worried about state budget impacts from loss of Medicaid funding and the reduction of citizens receiving Medicaid...Top of The Day
American Medical Association and consulting firm KPMG released a report this week that indicates the majority of medical practices are not compliant.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is well underway in its first year rollout. The survey looked at responses from 1,000 physicians who have been involved in practice...Top of The Day
The longer the Repeal and Replace debate drags on, the narrower the window for passing tax cuts.
Markets stumbled in March when ACA repeal looked to be in danger, diminishing investor confidence that President Trump can push through his fiscal agenda of tax cuts and infrastructure spending. On Tuesday, the Nasdaq composite led the...Top of The Day
Leadership had hoped to bring the bill to the floor before the recess.
The delay reflects important things. The critical need for at least 50 solid votes. The 50 are not solidly predictable. It highlights the challenge facing the GOP leadership as they try to close the gap between conservatives and moderates in the party. While the...Top of The Day
The picture is developing of what the impacts are likely to be.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce predicted in a letter to U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake that the Senate bill would harm the state's economy and "blow a hole" in the state budget.
Hospital and health leaders are particularly worried about the proposed reductions...
SResults of the federal analysis report on the Republican healthcare bill concluded it will leave 22 million more Americans uninsured than under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Senate bill, which revises the American Health Care Act (AHCA), is known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The Congressional Budget...
After the bill has been exposed, reactions are heard.
"8 things to know about BCRA":
Medicaid expansion capped and repealed
DISH reductions restored for non-expansion states.
ACA revenue generating taxes repealed.
ACA low-income subsidies continued.
$2 billion in new funds for mental health and substance abuse...Top of The Day
Reaction was swift to the text unveiled Thursday.
The 142-page “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would cut deeply into Medicaid funding and do away with the current mandate for coverage, but would also preserve some subsidies to help taxpayers afford health insurance.
Reactions from Arizona legislators were restrained or...Top of The Day
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the national accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to M.D. degrees in the United States and Canada.
All new medical schools undergo a rigorous process designed to standardize and optimize the quality of medical education across the U.S. and Canada. The first...Top of The Day
With an eye toward passage before Independence Day, the U.S. Senate finally unveiled its path to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans need 50 votes to pass the legislation - if two Republicans abandon the bill when it comes to the floor next week and Democrats remain unified in their opposition, repeal...Top of The Day
A 1058 page proposed rule to craft 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program is released.
Changes announced Tuesday afternoon feature continuation of "pick your pace" for the new payment system's data reporting and expands exemption of physicians from mandatory participation. "The most significant proposed changes for 2018 intend...Top of The Day
“I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the bill obviously once we get a CBO score, likely next week,” Majority Leader McConnell said.
McConnell has heard complaints from Democrats and his own party members about the process for the healthcare bill. There have been no hearings on the GOP effort, and key...Top of The Day
Conducted June 15-19, the poll surveyed 2,051 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Though the confidence in polls has diminished since November 8, the trends are significant. Only 35 percent of voters surveyed approve of the bill passed by the House last month. Nearly half of voters, 49...Top of The Day
Assembly Bill 374, known as "Sprinklecare" would have been a groundbreaking opportunity for all Nevadans to buy-in to Medicaid.
So named for Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, who sponsored the bill and believes healthcare is a right, would have permitted 3 million Nevadans to buy coverage through Medicaid. Governor Brian Sandoval, who...Top of The Day
The question is whether the levy funding expanded Medicaid program is a "tax" or an "assessment".
Governor Ducey's administration is asking the high court to reject arguments brought by the Goldwater Institute asserting that taxes can be enacted only with a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate, which did not happen in this...Top of The Day
May 4 the president praised the bill in the Rose Garden, disparaged it June 14.
During a lunch meeting with 15 GOP senators, Trump’s characterizations seemed to undercut attempts by Senate leaders to mollify conservatives who want restrictions in their chamber’s bill, such as cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor...Top of The Day
January 2016 CMS blocked marketing and enrollment of Cigna's Medicare Advantage and Plan D offerings.
The CMS said Cigna plans "posed serious threats to the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries." For example, Cigna inappropriately denied medical care and prescription drugs to its members. Cigna and CMS spent more than a year...Top of The Day
Dignity in "final stages " of merger talks with Catholic Health Initiatives.
The two non-profit agencies have combined revenue of $28 billion and employ 162,000 people.While both CHI and Dignity Health were founded by Roman Catholic Church-affiliated organizations, they also include non-Catholic hospitals. Both are known for their...Top of The Day
Chronic disease prevention programs attract investors
Currently located in 4,900 square feet in Phoenix, the integrated health network employs 67 people, with plans to employ 80 by the end of the year. The addition will require more space. Downtown Phoenix will supply the need with 19,000 square feet on the third floor of the 111 W....Top of The Day
Trained in US residency programs, graduates of foreign medical schools supply vital needs.
Primary care, particularly in rural areas, has a growing shortage of physicians to meet the population's needs. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2025, the nation could need 35,600 more primary care doctors than it...