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- callcenter972 on Call Center Metrics Reporting Should Be Robust and Actionable
- Sione Ayers on Diagnosing the ObamaCare Glitches: Who Farted and Is Pointing at the Dog?
- Tim Leary on New ACO Reg has some zingers
- Lisa Jefferson on What Happens to Medicare/Medicaid If There’s a Government Shutdown?
- Fred Hamlin on Big News: A Health Care Cost Indicator Went *DOWN*. AGAIN!
Now is the time of year when we all have 12 things to do in the next 30 minutes, plus we are budgeting and we need to write our strategic approach for 2014. We have to learn how to prioritize and focus on what is truly important to our success. Unfortunately, there is no cheat sheet, no best practices for all things healthcare, and we cannot succeed if we have too many strategies. Let’s compare five areas: Read more
If you’re paying any attention to the worsening drama here in DC, dig in because the calendar is not our friend. With the stalemate over the government shutdown ossifying, the Congress just backed into the debt ceiling, which we’ll hit in less than two weeks. Now we’re going to need a big deal both reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling to get out of this mess, at the very moment postions are hardening. A few days ago, I thought a shutdown would go on for about a week…now I’m thinking it might be a month, or even longer. And that could have big implications for ObamaCare, Medicare and Medicaid.
Health care politics here in Washington are getting curiouser and curiouser by the minute. The new conventional wisdom is that we are careening toward a government shutdown on October 1, and a newly-manufactured debt ceiling crisis a week later, with ObamaCare and every other government-sponsored health program hanging in the balance. Our long national nightmare that is the extreme right wing of the GOP continues.
Since returning from summer vacation I’ve been making the rounds with friends and spies on Wall Street to see what the nation’s checkbook is thinking about the seismic changes coming to our health system starting on October 1. Usually these guys are like long-tailed cats in a roomful of rocking chairs about disruptive events like ObamaCare. But a consensus emerged: 2014 is going to be a big year for health insurers.
With summer drawing to a spectacular close here in Washington, it’s abundantly clear that the “train wreck” everyone’s expecting won’t involve the launch of ObamaCare, but rather an epic legislative pile-up in Congress. With the collision of the debate on Syria, the immigration bill tearing the GOP apart, and now a near-concurrent exhaustion of government funding and the debt ceiling at the end of September/early October, the President and Speaker Boehner will be picking up the pieces of their agendas come Halloween. The question is whether government-sponsored health programs will have to give up another pound of flesh in the process.
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured is out with a new study illustrating the sickening human cost of the Red States throwing a middle finger to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion. Twenty-one states are not expanding Medicaid coverage under Obamacare and would gain considerably more than the 23 states that are expanding eligiblity. Partisans like Texas Governor Rick Perry and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback govern states with the highest rates of uninsured — and millions of their own citizens won’t get health insurance so they can score cheap political points.
The Congressional Budget Office released its new economic outlook yesterday and predicts a slower start to enrollment in the new exchanges: 7 million people in 2014 — down from 9 million last July — and rising by 2016. The CBO report also estimates that 8 million people will enroll in Medicaid in 2014, so about 15 million people will obtain health insurance next year.