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Linking Doctors’ Pay To Quality Measures May Improve Health Care For Low-Income Patients

KHN Morning Briefing

A study in Health Affairs finds that one insurer’s decision to link doctors’ reimbursements to measures of quality showed improved care for all patients but the gains were greater for poorer patients. Another study looks at how small doctor practices and small insurers are being squeezed by their larger competitors.

The Worst That Could Happen: Industry Braces For Repeal’s Possibly ‘Devastating’ Consequences

KHN Morning Briefing

It’s “going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it — but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.

Obama Derides GOP Plan To Delay Health Law Replacement As ‘Reckless’

KHN Morning Briefing

In a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, the president acknowledges that the Affordable Care Act has problems but says if Republicans’ don’t have a firm plan for replacing it when they seek to repeal the law, they could do immense damage to consumers.

On Capitol Hill, Talk Of Collaboration And Compromise? Not So Fast…

KHN Morning Briefing

Thirteen moderate Senate Democrats penned a letter Thursday to GOP leaders that included a “long-shot bid” to work together to find bipartisan fixes to Obamacare, rather than dismantle it. At the same time, though, President-elect Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., traded verbal salvos.

For Some Republican Leaders, Repealing Without Replacing Is Cause For Caution

KHN Morning Briefing

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have doubts about the current strategy of repealing the health law quickly without a clear plan to move forward with a replacement. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican whose state pursued the measure’s Medicaid expansion, also warned against this tactic.

Health Law Replacement Plan Will Be Completed In 2017, Ryan Says

KHN Morning Briefing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., echoed the sentiments expressed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., regarding the need for swift action to repeal and replace Obamacare. But the effective date of those changes will likely be further down the road and some members of the GOP rank and file are concerned that the Affordable Care Act skirmishes ahead could hamstring other aspects of their legislative agenda.

A Hint From GOP Leaders: Replacement Plan May Not Maintain Health Law’s Coverage Expansions

KHN Morning Briefing

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2015 that an Obamacare repeal would result in about 19 million people losing their health insurance. Ideas offered so far do not provide as much financial aid to purchase coverage and could lead to an increase in uninsured people. This possibility is at odds with President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign assurances that people won’t be left without.