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Senate healthcare bill is a boon for many insurers, except Medicaid plans

Senate healthcare bill is a boon for many insurers, except Medicaid plans

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 22, 2017

Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may be enough to keep insurers from exiting the exchanges in 2018. But Medicaid insurers warn the bill's caps on federal spending in that program would compel them to cut services and reduce provider reimbursement rates.

Q&A with National Quality Forum head Dr. <b>Shantanu Agrawal </b>

Q&A with National Quality Forum head Dr. Shantanu Agrawal

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 22, 2017

Dr. Shantanu Agrawal recently sat down with Modern Healthcare safety and quality reporter Maria Castellucci to discuss his plans for the NQF including efforts to address social determinants of health, the opioid crisis and physician burnout.

Addressing the social determinants of health

Addressing the social determinants of health

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  June 22, 2017

Most of what determines how healthy you are isn't medical—it's social and behavioral. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have found that behavior accounted for roughly 40% of all deaths in the U.S.

Hospitals handling growing debt loads—for now

Hospitals handling growing debt loads—for now

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 22, 2017

Hospitals are taking advantage of favorable borrowing rates to raise money in the bond markets for acquisitions and debt refinancing. But will they lament the binge?

How ACA, AHCA and BCRA compare

How ACA, AHCA and BCRA compare

By Mara Lee  |  June 22, 2017

How do the Better Care Reconciliation Act and American Health Care Act compare to current law? We break it all down.

AHRQ's potential move to the NIH could strengthen its work

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 22, 2017

The Trump administration's 2018 budget proposed to merge the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality with the National Institutes of Health. Experts say the move could benefit AHRQ if the consolidation is done right.

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