Volume V, Issue 21

May 21, 2018
Report Says Changes Will Increase Health Premiums
Premiums for health insurance plans sold on the federal marketplace are expected to increase by nearly 16.9 percent in Florida next year due to changes in the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis released Friday < 5.18.18>.

Released by the Center for American Progress, the analysis estimates that a decision by Congress and President Donald Trump to repeal the mandate that people buy health insurance, coupled with proposed changes to the types of policies that can be sold, will increase premiums for Floridians by $1,011.
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Breath test can save money and catch cancer early
UK researchers successfully tested a non-invasive, diagnostic 'breath test' tool which can identify esophageal dollar_bill.jpg and stomach cancers.

This test has the potential to not only save money but be more effective in diagnosing these cancers, in comparison to the current method: upper endoscopy. The results were published in JAMA Oncology on May 17. Here is ABC News coverage by Dr. Chantel Strachan.
CMS Unveils Enhanced Drug Dashboards to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices  
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its drug pricing dashboards < 5.15.18>.  Data suggest elevated spending is due to higher drug prices, with many medications seeing double-digit price increases in just a few short years.

" CMS is committed to putting patients first and increasing transparency," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "Publishing how much individual drugs cost from one year to the next will provide much-needed clarity and will empower patients and doctors with the information they need. As <HHS> Secretary Azar has repeatedly pointed out, for years Medicare incentives have actually encouraged higher list prices for drugs, and this updated and enhanced dashboard is an important step to bringing transparency and accountability to what has been a largely hidden process."
See the CMS release HERE.
View Fierce Healthcare coverage HERE.



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