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Arizona | Oct 31, 2016 | News Story

Inside the Affordable Care Act’s Arizona Meltdown

Most Arizonans will find only one insurer selling exchange plans for 2017 and premiums for some plans will be more than double this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Only last-minute maneuvering prevented one Arizona county from becoming the first in the nation to have no exchange insurers at all. The premium increases are some of the biggest increases in the nation. 

Connecticut | Oct 28, 2016 | News Story

Starling Physicians Partners with Aetna on Oncology Medical Home Model

Starling Physicians will partner with Aetna to participate in an oncology medical home model designed to improve patient experience by enhancing delivery of quality and value in cancer care. The model will be centered around the whole person, with evidence-based, integrated and personalized medical care, with a focus on quality and safety; and enhanced access to care.

Minnesota | Oct 27, 2016 | News Story

Governor Proposes a Rebate to Cushion Insurance Rate Hikes

The new plan, proposed by Governor Mark Dayton, would reduce health insurance premiums by 25 percent for Minnesotans who don’t qualify for subsidies, according to CBS MinnesotaThe plan is being introduced after plans were approved for rate increases of 55 percent for 2017.

Massachusetts | Oct 26, 2016 | Report

Report Finds Little Evidence of the Impact of Massachusetts Hospital Community Benefit Investments

Massachusetts' tax-exempt hospitals invest more than a half-billion dollars annually into community benefit programs, but there is little evidence of the effectiveness of those investments and whether they benefit the communities served, reports Community Catalyst. A new study--entitled Hospitals Investing in Health: Community Benefit in Massachusetts--examines the current state of hospital community benefit programs and offers recommendations to strengthen their coordination, transparency and impact. Recommendations include increased coordination and transparency and redirection of resources to address social and economic needs of communities.

Vermont | Oct 26, 2016 | News Story

All-Payer Model Passes in Vermont

Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board approved an all-payer waiver, according to the Burlington Free PressUnder an all-payer model, providers are paid set amounts for care, rather than being paid per test, service or procedure.Proponents believe the initiative will more effectively manage chronic diseases and save VT $10 billion over the next 10 years.

New Mexico | Oct 26, 2016 | News Story

New Mexico Seeks Copays From Medicaid Patients

The New Mexico Medicaid program is seeking federal authority to charge copayments to enrollees, except for pregnant women and children, according to Las Cruces Sun-News. New Mexico has one of the highest Medicaid enrollment rates in the country. The secretary of the state's Human Services Department suggested these fees could help maintain Medicaid spending by steering patients away from wasteful spending.

California | Oct 24, 2016 | Report

California Releases Latest ‘Report Cards’ on Health Plans, Doctor Groups

California’s Office of the Patient Advocate released its annual report cards on health plans and medical groups. The report cards assign ratings to the largest HMOs and PPOs in the state, as well as over 200 physician groups, based on quality of care and patient experience.

Massachusetts | Oct 24, 2016 | Report

NEHI Community Health Needs Assessment of Greater Boston

A new report released by the NEHI concluded that hospitals across the Greater Boston Area are performing Community Health Needs Assessments independently.  The report further suggested that a greater impact would be made if the hospitals could join efforts and work collaboratively.  The hospitals agreed on the greatest health issues but lacked clarity on how to address these issues.  

West Virginia | Oct 20, 2016 | News Story

West Virginia Grapples With High Drug Costs

West Virginia, like many other states in the nation, is grappling with the skyrocketing prices for essential medications. The problem is particularly pronounced in the state due to budget shortfalls over the past few years, according to Kaiser Health News. As drug prices continue to rise, lawmakers have been forced to cut funding from other parts of the state budget.  

Georgia | Oct 20, 2016 | News Story | Health Costs Rural Healthcare

New Program Helps Cut Costs in Crisp County

A Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant from the state of Georgia has funded a Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program at Crisp Regional Hospital that has reduced readmissions within 30 days of discharge from 35 to just 4, according to WALB News 10. The results stem from targeting “frequent flyers” -- people who frequently call 911 for non-emergencies -- and by providing unsolicited EMT visits to ensure these patients are taking care of themselves, such as taking their medication properly. The grant is set to expire in December 2016, but the hospital plans to continue the program.