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2 Studies Suggest ACOs’ Savings And Quality Improvements Increase Over Time

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The research into accountable care organizations — which link hospitals, doctors and other health providers together to provide more coordinated care and lower spending — is published in JAMA Internal Medicine. One study shows that an ACO program set up by the health law saved Medicare money by reducing post-acute care but not hurting quality of care. The other study looks at Medicaid ACOs in Colorado and Oregon and found that despite different approaches, both programs saved money.

‘Risk Corridor’ Ruling Could Be $8 Billion Headache For U.S.

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Risk corridors were set up under the 2010 health law to spread risk by collecting money from insurers with healthier populations and distributing it to those with older, sicker customers, but Republicans essentially froze funding to the initiative. A judge ruled that one insurer was owed money from the government, and others could be emboldened by the decision.

Facing Barrage Of Furious Town Hall Questions, GOP Lawmakers Have Few Answers

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“If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said in the latest example of Republicans having to dodge questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the myth of death panels makes a return, and one prominent lawmaker says these town hall protests won’t alter the future of repeal.

‘We’re Firing With Real Bullets Now’: GOP Faces Similar Obstacles As In 2014, But Stakes Are Higher

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Health law repeal efforts today look a lot like they did in 2014 during Republicans’ most dedicated effort to devise an alternative, but the process took place under the threat of a presidential veto. Meanwhile, this week conservative Republicans will urge leadership to move on repeal, without waiting for a replacement plan. “Instead of continuing to spin our wheels, we need a starting place,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, R-N.C.

Republicans May Want To Erase Health Law But First They Have To Save It From Collapsing

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With all the uncertainty swirling around the future of the health law, Republicans are caught in the position of having to stabilize a marketplace that they never wanted in the first place. Meanwhile, some proposed plans are trying to curb overly generous coverage and are drawing a reaction similar to how the “Cadillac Tax” was received.

Price Sworn In As HHS Secretary After Contentious Nomination Process

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While Republicans praised new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as having a “thorough understanding of health care policy and the damage that Obamacare has caused,” others continued to speak out against him. “This guy is a wrecking ball,” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said. “He is not a secretary. He is going into this agency to destroy it.”

As House Republicans Step Up Efforts To Revamp Medicaid, GOP Senators Meet About Concerns

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House committees weigh measures that would restructure Medicaid eligibility and would transform the program into a block grant system that would give states more control and perhaps less funding. But some Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the health law held a meeting this week to discuss their views about possible changes. News reports also look at Medicaid developments in Kansas and Missouri.

Democrats Using Report Of Devastating Job Losses From ‘Repeal’ To Put Heat On GOP

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The report, which did not take into account any replacement efforts, found California would have the highest number of job losses at 334,000, followed by Florida at 181,000, Texas at 175,000, then Pennsylvania with 137,000. In other news, some doctors organizations are staying quiet on repeal plans for now, and insurers are struggling with the uncertainty surrounding their industry at the moment.