Is the Future Now for a Lower Medicare Eligibility Age?

Some birthdays are more special than others.  Turning 16 means a drivers license is within reach and turning 18 grants the ability to cast a ballot.  For many Americans, turning 65 means they are finally eligible for Medicare coverage.  However, this milestone for turning 65 could soon change, as top Democrats weigh the possibility of […]

The Week in Review: April 5-9

Budget reconciliation … Trump … Party Affiliation Poll … Rules … Vaccines … and more.

The Government’s Ambitions Plans to Grow Broadband Access

A major barrier to widespread telehealth adoption in the United States is lack of access to broadband internet.  While telehealth utilization has surged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth’s potential for growth is limited by lack of high-speed internet connections for both patients and providers. However, not all Americans have access to broadband.  […]

ICER’s Growing Influence on Drug Value

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has grown to become a leading voice on drug pricing in the US.  As the emphasis on value in the US health care system and concern over high drug prices continues to grow, more stakeholders are likely to look to ICER for guidance on whether a drug […]

Amazon Moves to Disrupt Health, Influence Policy

Amazon is primed to disrupt primary care just like the tech giant has done to retail, cloud computing, and package delivery services.  This time, it’s telehealth.  On March 17, 2021, Amazon took a major step forward in expanding its health care reach by announcing  plans to make Amazon Care, its virtual health service benefit, available […]

Following Lawsuit, HHS Delays SUNSET Rule

Delays in your online shopping deliveries?  Yeah that’s annoying, and increasingly common even a year into COVID-10.  Delays in federal government rules?  Yeah that’s welcome news for health care stakeholders.  On March 18, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delayed the effective date until 2022 of a controversial rule that requires HHS to […]

Despite Reintroduction, Medicare for All, Medicare-X Proposals Face Limited Odds

With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Democrats are newly emboldened to expand access to health care coverage.  A group of progressives in the House are making another attempt at Medicare for All, while moderates in the House and Senate want to expand coverage via a public option.  However, lack of […]

PAYGO Cuts Face Uncertainty in Congress

While members of both parties agree the pending Medicare sequester needs to be extended, Republicans don’t seem favorable to waiving PAYGO budget rules to allow additional cuts to be averted.  The result is continued uncertainty for health care providers and a likely sign of spending fights to come in Congress. Medicare is currently facing two […]

Looking to the Future of Telehealth

Telehealth is here to stay, said participants of a March 12 Axios forum on how technology is impacting the health care system. However, that doesn’t mean telehealth is without its problems, and the participants separately warned of concerns related to privacy, health disparities, and connectivity going forward.

CMS Puts Geo Model on Hold

On March 1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Geographic Direct Contracting Model is “currently under review” until further notice.   While CMS has yet to provide a reason for the pause, criticism from industry stakeholders and the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMM) Director may explain the pause. Announced […]