WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign believes he can turn Republicans’ biggest liability from last year’s congressional elections - the debate about the future of healthcare in America - into a winning issue for his reelection. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar before speaking about prescription drug prices during a visit to the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo That would have appeared highly unlikely just months ago, when Democrats seized upon the issue of coverage for pre-existing medical conditions to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, the 2020 Democratic presidential field has been locked in a debate about how far to go to transform the U.S. healthcare system. Some candidates have suggested abolishing private insurance in favor of a single … [Read more...] about Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weapon
Healthcare meaningful use
Brief Dive Brief: Some 48 states now use some form of value-based payment model, a seven-fold increase from five years ago, according to a new report commissioned by health IT firm Change Healthcare. More than 20 states evolved their models since last year's report. Though patient-centered medical homes are the most popular form of value-based model, the program that's gained the most traction over the past 18 months is CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, a primary care medical home model. The report highlighted three states (New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) as leading the way away from fee-for-service payment methods. Four states have no official value program: Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi and West Virginia. Researchers found that 34 states have initiatives that are two years or older and six states have had programs underway for four years or longer. Dive Insight: Federal health policy is often in the spotlight, especially as Democratic 2020 presidential contenders … [Read more...] about Nearly all states using value-based payment models
When ex-FDA chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout joined Amazon as its senior leader in healthcare and AI, some saw his appointment as proof the retailing behemoth could be dealing with regulatory issues or zeroing in on digital health. Amazon has remained largely mum about its overall designs in the space, though a solidifying foray into pharmaceutical delivery with PillPack and a troika with J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to lower healthcare costs raise the veil somewhat. Amazon's health IT efforts are a bit more clear. The company wrapped up 2018 with an expansion of its HIPAA-eligible AI services and the introduction of Amazon Comprehend Medical, a service that can process reams of electronic patient records for needed data. Kass-Hout sat down at HIMSS to talk with Healthcare Dive about his role at Amazon, its suite of web, cloud and AI services and the perennial issues in the sector. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and … [Read more...] about Amazon’s senior leader of healthcare and AI talks disruption, Amazon Web Services
January 16, 2019 1 Comment HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. Well, that moment has arrived (maybe). There’s an RFI out right now, published as part of the federales’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in mid-2018. (Remember, this is the federal government, so getting almost halfway through the throat-clearing phase of fleshing out an idea in about six months or so really is a sprint.) Hey, coordinated care is a good idea. We can all agree on that. The first RFI to issue was the one seeking input on the regulations implementing the Stark law and the federal anti-kickback statute (See: Stark and AKS RFI and public comments). The HIPAA RFI came next. (Comments are due February 12, 2019.) The final piece of this trifecta is the privacy rule applicable to substance abuse service … [Read more...] about How would you like to change HIPAA?
Dive Brief: To foster innovation, the Trump administration, regulatory agencies and other healthcare players should place more emphasis on value-based care, prioritize the user experience, foster nontraditional and local partnerships, remove unnecessary regulations and protect consumer data, a panel of industry experts said Wednesday. The panel, hosted by Politico and CVS Health, argued that meaningful change will come from traditional players fixing their gaze on value-based care, not from any major advances in technology or novel business models. Amazon was noticeably absent from the discussion. The e-commerce colossus, which usually crops up at one point or another in these conversations on the changing healthcare landscape, was brushed aside. The payer point of view was also not discussed. Dive Insight: The first step to long-term, lasting innovation is aligning financial incentives, followed up by a cultural and behavioral shift within traditional healthcare players, the … [Read more...] about Traditional players focused on value-based care, interoperability will drive healthcare innovation, experts argue