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The concept of paying doctors and hospitals based on how well they care for their patients and contain costs isn’t new, but no one has tried it on a scale of this size before.
Outlets report on news from Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa and the District of Columbia.
And, news outlets cover how government officials like the U.S. attorney general, Massachusetts governor and lawmakers in New Hampshire are approaching the opioid crisis.
In related news, medical facilities are bracing for a prolonged flu season this year while a Cincinnati hospital limits visitors with any kind of respiratory symptoms.
Meanwhile, a report examines who gained insurance as a result of Ohio’s expansion and New Hampshire’s governor expresses optimism about how the Trump administration plans to reshape Medicaid and the health law will impact the state.
Also in this round up of hospital developments — how urban and rural hospitals are bracing for the impact of unraveling the health law, a Manhattan hospital faces a lawsuit alleging overcharging for medical records and other news highlights.
A bipartisan group of House members continues to push for increased financial support to the states for prevention and treatment programs. Meanwhile, news outlets report on the national epidemic from Maryland, Washington and California.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says the change could save the state money but doesn’t speculate on how much that will be. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Minnesota.
Although experts believe high costs are being driven by the high prices of medical services in the country, Republicans are instead focusing on getting Americans to pay more for their own coverage. It’s a political risk that could backfire on them. In other news, The Washington Post fact checks Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s health law claim, pre-existing conditions continue to be a sticky issue, a look at how one CEO managed to not lose big under the Affordable Care Act, and more.
“We need to find a formula that’s fair for everyone. Maybe that’s going to be an impossibility, but we need to get as close to fairness as we can and give flexibility to the respective states,” Republican Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah says of the issue that dominated the National Governors’ Association’s winter meeting.
Indiana’s conservative take on Medicaid expansion is up for renewal in the home state of Vice President Mike Pence. But there are some discrepancies between the state’s application for renewal and facts about the program.
Opinion writers examine the issues in play — and how people might be affected by them — as the repeal-replace-repair debate continues.
In other news on the nation’s opioid and heroin epidemic, police departments in Virginia and Ohio expand the use of naloxone by officers to combat overdoses.
California officials are looking at moving to a “single-payer” health system if Republicans gut the federal health law, but they face big challenges. Yet across the country, tiny Vermont is embarking on an experiment, blessed by the federal government, to change how health care is paid for. Also in the news, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his state may have a model that could be used if the federal law is repealed.
“I’m on a plane and he’s the pilot,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. “And you know the fact is, I want the pilot to be successful. But you know what? Every once and a while … you need to yell into the cockpit.”
Health consultants Avalere and McKinsey & Co. looked at how plans to switch Medicaid to a block-grant system or a per capita funded program would affect states and enrollment.
The state leaders gathered for the National Governors Association winter meeting but were stymied over the problem of how to handle Medicaid. They want to make sure a repeal of the health law doesn’t penalize states that took billions of dollars in federal funds to expand the program.
Minnesota had one of the most successful high-risk insurance pools in the country, and GOP leaders are eyeing this special insurance for sick people as an Obamacare replacement. But analysts say costs were high and many people in need were left out.
Outlets report on news from Minnesota, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Kansas, Alabama and Michigan.
The powerful opioid is responsible for nearly 20 percent of fatal overdoses, and lawmakers want assurance that the federal government recognizes the lethal threat. In other news on the crisis, researchers try to understand why there are so many relapses when it comes to opioid addiction, Virginia’s governor takes steps to address the problem, lawmakers ask for an investigation into a rash of overdoses at Connecticut “sober homes” and hundreds rally to support preserving substance abuse treatment.