The bond rating agency says the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would hurt drug and medical device makers and increase bad debt burdens at for-profit hospitals.
It is estimated that the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce federal Medicaid spending by $880 billion over the next 10 years. That would have a devastating effect, particularly in rural America.
Bond raters believe the American Health Care Act's funding changes for Medicaid, combined with the removal of the individual mandate and other changes to insurance markets, would reduce healthcare spending for the federal government and reduce revenues for hospitals....
The study finds gains in quality of hospital care and slower cost growth over five years, which analysts say may be a harbinger of future trends as more hospitals shift from fee-for-service payment models.
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services and Martin S. Gaynor, a professor of economics and health policy discuss how policy helps and/or harms competition in the healthcare marketplace.
Armed with improved demographics data, the nation's safety net providers are poised to take population health initiatives beyond the hospital walls to help patients overcome economic and social barriers to health.