Volume V, Issue 28

July 9, 2018
Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare
WH
Reuters reports on July 7 that the Trump administration on Saturday halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Obamacare healthcare law, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being disbursed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers programs under the Affordable Care Act, said the action affects $10.4 billion in risk adjustment payments. The payments are intended to help stabilize health insurance markets by compensating insurers that had sicker, more expensive enrollees in 2017.
 
WIM 
President Donald Trump's administration has repeatedly used its regulatory powers to undermine Obamacare after the Republican-controlled Congress last year failed to repeal and replace the law.
What is known about private sector physician salaries?
WH
Elsa Pearson summarizes research on private sector physician salaries in a July 5 Incidental Economist post.

WIM
Based on the author's findings, there are three main takeaways: US physician salaries vary significantly by 1) specialty and 2) geography; and 3) US physicians are paid more than physicians in other wealthy countries.
Ohio health system says it cut opioid prescriptions for acute pain by 62%
WH
Tina Reed, in a Fierce Healthcare post dated July 5, reports that an electronic medical record system is being credited with helping a public health system in Ohio reduce its opioid prescriptions for acute pain by more than 60% in the last 18 months. Officials from Cleveland-based MetroHealth System said they also cut opioid prescriptions by 25% for chronic pain.
 
WIM 
This is good news for those engaged in resolving the ongoing opioid crisis and much maligned EHR vendors.
 

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