MedClimate Health News Daily http://medclimate.com/feed en-us Copyright MedClimate, Inc2017 Anthem agrees to $115M settlement over 2015 data breach http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/anthem-agrees-to-115m-settlement-over-2015-data-breach http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/anthem-agrees-to-115m-settlement-over-2015-data-breach Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:31:53 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Payer Anthem has agreed to pay $115 million to settle a class-action lawsuit following a 2015 data breach that exposed nearly 80 million patient records. The settlement requires the insurer to pay for credit monitoring and devote a specified amount of money to IT security. Anthem agrees to $115M settlement over 2015 data breach http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/anthem-agrees-to-115m-settlement-over-2015-data-breach http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/anthem-agrees-to-115m-settlement-over-2015-data-breach Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:31:53 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Anthem has agreed to pay $115 million to settle a class-action lawsuit following a 2015 data breach that exposed nearly 80 million patient records. The settlement requires the insurer to pay for credit monitoring and devote a specified amount of money to IT security. Ascension reaches goal to reduce systemwide energy consumption 3 years early http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/finance/ascension-reaches-goal-to-reduce-system-wide-energy-consumption-three-years-early http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/finance/ascension-reaches-goal-to-reduce-system-wide-energy-consumption-three-years-early Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:52:25 CDT Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, has met the federal government’s “Better Buildings” challenge goal of 20% energy reduction three years ahead of schedule. From July 1, 2008, through December 1, 2016, the system has reduced energy usage by 21.4%, saving $53.3 million in costs and cutting more than 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions across 141 healthcare facilities. Four doctors making news for all the wrong reasons http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/four-doctors-news-week-for-all-wrong-reasons http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/four-doctors-news-week-for-all-wrong-reasons Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:32:01 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Payer From charges of bank fraud to running a pill mill, a number of doctors ended up in the headlines this week. Here's a rundown of the cases that led to charges or convictions. Four doctors making news for all the wrong reasons http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/four-doctors-news-week-for-all-wrong-reasons http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/four-doctors-news-week-for-all-wrong-reasons Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:32:01 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare From charges of bank fraud to running a pill mill, a number of doctors ended up in the headlines this week. Here's a rundown of the cases that led to charges or convictions. Stanford launches five new digital health projects using Apple Watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:58:51 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Backed by funding from the university, Stanford researchers are looking at ways the Apple Watch can improve health outcomes for patients recovering from a stroke and managing a range of behavioral health issues. The research is funded through the Center for Digital Health, which links researchers with technology companies. Stanford launches five new digital health projects using Apple Watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:58:51 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Backed by funding from the university, Stanford researchers are looking at ways the Apple Watch can improve health outcomes for patients recovering from a stroke and managing a range of behavioral health issues. The research is funded through the Center for Digital Health, which links researchers with technology companies. Stanford launches five new digital health projects using Apple Watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/stanford-launches-5-digital-health-projects-using-apple-watches Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:58:51 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Backed by funding from the university, Stanford researchers are looking at ways the Apple Watch can improve health outcomes for patients recovering from a stroke and managing a range of behavioral health issues. The research is funded through the Center for Digital Health, which links researchers with technology companies. VA’s EHR transition could take up to a decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:11 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare It could take a decade for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fully implement a new EHR system, according to one official. Although the first two years will be focused on change management, Poonam Alaigh, M.D., said it's "not something you just do at the turn of a switch." VA’s EHR transition could take up to a decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:11 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It It could take a decade for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fully implement a new EHR system, according to one official. Although the first two years will be focused on change management, Poonam Alaigh, M.D., said it's "not something you just do at the turn of a switch." VA’s EHR transition could take up to a decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/va-s-switch-to-cerner-s-ehr-platform-could-take-up-to-a-decade Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:11 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It It could take a decade for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fully implement a new EHR system, according to one official. Although the first two years will be focused on change management, Poonam Alaigh, M.D., said it's "not something you just do at the turn of a switch." FTC once again tries to block a healthcare merger—this time a physician practice acquisition in North Dakota http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/ftc-once-again-tries-to-block-a-healthcare-merger-time-a-physician-practice-acquisition http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/ftc-once-again-tries-to-block-a-healthcare-merger-time-a-physician-practice-acquisition Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:21:27 CDT Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare The Federal Trade Commission took action Thursday to block a large rural nonprofit healthcare system from acquiring a large physician group over claims it will reduce competition within the marketplace. It’s the latest example of the FTC’s quest to preserve competition within the industry and unwind acquisitions that it says would give a healthcare provider greater market share and lead to higher costs but not necessarily better care. Doctors unified in their fight over Maintenance of Certification http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/doctors-unified-their-fight-over-moc http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/doctors-unified-their-fight-over-moc Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:18:11 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Like Washington politicians and the rest of the country, doctors are often divided over issues. But one area where they’ve been able to get a consensus is their battle over Maintenance of Certification. #ICYMI: At 2017 AHIP institute, health insurers get advice for troubled, turbulent times http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:25 CDT Gienna Shaw at FierceHealthcare: Payer The health insurance industry has some serious problems, from rising costs to lagging quality to political and business uncertainty. Payer executives and policy experts gathered in Austin, Texas, earlier this month to share their frustrations. But they also put the focus on strategies and solutions to navigate extraordinary change.  #ICYMI: At 2017 AHIP institute, health insurers get advice for troubled, turbulent times http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:25 CDT Gienna Shaw at FierceHealthcare: It The health insurance industry has some serious problems, from rising costs to lagging quality to political and business uncertainty. Payer executives and policy experts gathered in Austin, Texas, earlier this month to share their frustrations. But they also put the focus on strategies and solutions to navigate extraordinary change.  #ICYMI: At 2017 AHIP institute, health insurers get advice for troubled, turbulent times http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:25 CDT Gienna Shaw at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare The health insurance industry has some serious problems, from rising costs to lagging quality to political and business uncertainty. Payer executives and policy experts gathered in Austin, Texas, earlier this month to share their frustrations. But they also put the focus on strategies and solutions to navigate extraordinary change.  #ICYMI: At 2017 AHIP institute, health insurers get advice for troubled, turbulent times http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/ahip-2017-institute-sessions-roundup-joseph-swedish-eric-topol-health-insurance-companies Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:25 CDT Gienna Shaw at FierceHealthcare: It The health insurance industry has some serious problems, from rising costs to lagging quality to political and business uncertainty. Payer executives and policy experts gathered in Austin, Texas, earlier this month to share their frustrations. But they also put the focus on strategies and solutions to navigate extraordinary change.  Nearly 1 in 4 Medicaid patients prescribed opioids in 2015 http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/nearly-1-4-medicaid-patients-given-opioids-2015 http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/nearly-1-4-medicaid-patients-given-opioids-2015 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:04:27 CDT Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefits management firm that is one of the largest managers of Medicaid drug benefits in the country, analyzed data on 1.8 million opioid prescriptions given to 3.1 million Medicaid enrollees in 14 states. It found that 6% of all Medicaid prescriptions were for opioids. Nearly 1 in 4 Medicaid patients prescribed opioids in 2015 http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/nearly-1-4-medicaid-patients-given-opioids-2015 http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/nearly-1-4-medicaid-patients-given-opioids-2015 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:04:27 CDT Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Payer Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefits management firm that is one of the largest managers of Medicaid drug benefits in the country, analyzed data on 1.8 million opioid prescriptions given to 3.1 million Medicaid enrollees in 14 states. It found that 6% of all Medicaid prescriptions were for opioids. Medical community says ‘back to the drawing board’ with Senate GOP version of reform bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/medical-community-says-back-to-drawing-board-senate-gop-version-reform-bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/medical-community-says-back-to-drawing-board-senate-gop-version-reform-bill Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:56:56 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Payer If they didn’t like the healthcare bill passed by the House in May, groups that represent doctors, hospitals and patients had no kinder words for Senate Republicans' draft version of their bill unveiled yesterday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Medical community says ‘back to the drawing board’ with Senate GOP version of reform bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/medical-community-says-back-to-drawing-board-senate-gop-version-reform-bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/medical-community-says-back-to-drawing-board-senate-gop-version-reform-bill Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:56:56 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare If they didn’t like the healthcare bill passed by the House in May, groups that represent doctors, hospitals and patients had no kinder words for Senate Republicans' draft version of their bill unveiled yesterday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Policy experts parse what the Senate’s bill would mean for the individual insurance markets http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/policy-experts-parse-what-senate-s-bill-would-mean-for-individual-market http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/policy-experts-parse-what-senate-s-bill-would-mean-for-individual-market Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:45:44 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare There is both good and bad news for the health insurance industry—and the customers they serve—in the draft of a healthcare bill revealed by Senate GOP leadership on Thursday, experts tell FierceHealthcare. On the negative side, the repeal of the individual mandate will likely make both make young, healthy consumers less likely to buy individual market insurance. Policy experts parse what the Senate’s bill would mean for the individual insurance markets http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/policy-experts-parse-what-senate-s-bill-would-mean-for-individual-market http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/policy-experts-parse-what-senate-s-bill-would-mean-for-individual-market Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:45:44 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer There is both good and bad news for the health insurance industry—and the customers they serve—in the draft of a healthcare bill revealed by Senate GOP leadership on Thursday, experts tell FierceHealthcare. On the negative side, the repeal of the individual mandate will likely make both make young, healthy consumers less likely to buy individual market insurance. Pharmaceutical company, state hospital association develop a new approach to pain management to reduce opioid use http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/pharmaceutical-company-state-hospital-association-develop-a-new-approach-to-pain http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/pharmaceutical-company-state-hospital-association-develop-a-new-approach-to-pain Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:21:38 CDT Ilene MacDonald at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare A global specialty pharmaceutical company and a state hospital association have launched a new pain stewardship program that will educate providers and clinical staff about nonopioid treatments and techniques to consider for pain management. Their mission is to educate providers on multimodal analgesia-based acute pain management to support improvements in the use of opioids in hospitals, length of stay and patient satisfaction. These 3 simple formatting changes could put a dent in EHR patient safety concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:54:19 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Mounting concerns about the impact of electronic health records on patient safety have forced providers and developers to take a deeper look at some of the inherent flaws in EHR systems. But some of those defects could be resolved with simple changes to the way information is displayed. These 3 simple formatting changes could put a dent in EHR patient safety concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:54:19 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Mounting concerns about the impact of electronic health records on patient safety have forced providers and developers to take a deeper look at some of the inherent flaws in EHR systems. But some of those defects could be resolved with simple changes to the way information is displayed. These 3 simple formatting changes could put a dent in EHR patient safety concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/ehr/these-3-simple-formatting-changes-could-resolve-ehr-patient-safety-concerns Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:54:19 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It Mounting concerns about the impact of electronic health records on patient safety have forced providers and developers to take a deeper look at some of the inherent flaws in EHR systems. But some of those defects could be resolved with simple changes to the way information is displayed. Four conservative senators say they're not ready to support draft of ACA repeal bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:11 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Payer As reactions and analysis rolled in Thursday about the newly revealed Senate healthcare bill, it was still far from clear whether the draft, as written, could garner enough votes to pass within the GOP’s tight timeline. With no Democratic senators expected to support the measure, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes if they want to pass the bill. Four conservative senators say they're not ready to support draft of ACA repeal bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:11 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: It As reactions and analysis rolled in Thursday about the newly revealed Senate healthcare bill, it was still far from clear whether the draft, as written, could garner enough votes to pass within the GOP’s tight timeline. With no Democratic senators expected to support the measure, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes if they want to pass the bill. Four conservative senators say they're not ready to support draft of ACA repeal bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:11 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare As reactions and analysis rolled in Thursday about the newly revealed Senate healthcare bill, it was still far from clear whether the draft, as written, could garner enough votes to pass within the GOP’s tight timeline. With no Democratic senators expected to support the measure, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes if they want to pass the bill. Four conservative senators say they're not ready to support draft of ACA repeal bill http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/four-conservative-senators-not-impressed-aca-repeal-bill-draft Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:11 CDT Leslie Small at FierceHealthcare: It As reactions and analysis rolled in Thursday about the newly revealed Senate healthcare bill, it was still far from clear whether the draft, as written, could garner enough votes to pass within the GOP’s tight timeline. With no Democratic senators expected to support the measure, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes if they want to pass the bill. NAS report: Promising but inconclusive evidence on interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/national-academies-committee-sees-promising-inconclusive-evidence-interventions-prevent-cognitive-decline-dementia http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/national-academies-committee-sees-promising-inconclusive-evidence-interventions-prevent-cognitive-decline-dementia Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:00 CDT NIH News Release Suggests NIH, others carefully cue public about potential benefits of cognitive training, blood pressure management, exercise. ]]> Senate GOP reveals healthcare bill to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/senate-gop-reveals-healthcare-bill-repeal-and-replace-affordable-care-act http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/senate-gop-reveals-healthcare-bill-repeal-and-replace-affordable-care-act Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:26 CDT walmeida at Healthcare IT News - Government & Policy The Senate unveiled a healthcare bill Thursday morning that keeps many of the provisions of a House bill such as eliminating Medicaid expansion and capping benefits. In promoting the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it will stabilize the health insurance market by eliminating Affordable Care Act taxes that are passed on to consumers, putting downward pressure on premiums. The bill continues federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers through 2019. The CSRs allow insurers to help lower income consumers pay deductibles. The bill would repeal the individual and employer mandate, expand tax-free health savings accounts and shift power from Washington to the states, McConnell said. Republicans are calling the 142-page bill a discussion draft, but the Congressional Budget Office is expected to soon score the bill for a vote prior to the July 4 recess. The revised bill of the House American Health Care Act has the same provisions to turn the federal Medicaid program over to state control, capping benefits based on the number of beneficiaries in a state. Federal payments for Medicaid expansion would be phased out for the 31 states and District of Columbia that have expanded the program. Democrats were quick to condemn both the bill and the procedure for a fast-turnaround on a vote. The Senate is voting in a week without committee hearings and little floor debate "save for 10 measly hours," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this bill, as the House bill, is yet again a tax bill disguised as a health bill Echoing a comment made by President Trump about the House, Pelosi said the Senate bill is mean, "mean and heartless." Those ages 50 to 64 will be paying five times more for benefits, she said, and millions will lose coverage. The bill takes away essential benefits, she said. It shifts financial responsibility to the states, which will be be unable to meet the needs of residents. The bill will also cost 1.8 million jobs, she said. The Senate bill has been written in secret with members of the Republican party left in the dark as to its contents until today as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. McConnell said the bill would stabilize the individual insurance market. It would fund a temporary federal reinsurance program prior to states implementing their own reinsurance programs. It will eventually transition away from Obamacare's collapsing system entirely, McConnell said. The bill repeals taxes on HSAs, over the counter medicines and on employee health insurance premiums and health plan benefits It keeps the ACA's measure to allow children to stay on their parents' insurance until the age of 26. Tax credits to help people buy insurance in the individual market would be offered to those with incomes up to 350 percent of the federal poverty level, below the ACA's current limit of 400 percent of FPL. 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The Senate unveiled a healthcare bill Thursday morning that keeps many of the provisions of a House bill such as eliminating Medicaid expansion and capping benefits.

In promoting the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it will stabilize the health insurance market by eliminating Affordable Care Act taxes that are passed on to consumers, putting downward pressure on premiums.

The bill continues federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers through 2019. The CSRs allow insurers to help lower income consumers pay deductibles.

The bill would repeal the individual and employer mandate, expand tax-free health savings accounts and shift power from Washington to the states, McConnell said.

Republicans are calling the 142-page bill a discussion draft, but the Congressional Budget Office is expected to soon score the bill for a vote prior to the July 4 recess.

The revised bill of the House American Health Care Act has the same provisions to turn the federal Medicaid program over to state control, capping benefits based on the number of beneficiaries in a state.

Federal payments for Medicaid expansion would be phased out for the 31 states and District of Columbia that have expanded the program.

Democrats were quick to condemn both the bill and the procedure for a fast-turnaround on a vote.

The Senate is voting in a week without committee hearings and little floor debate "save for 10 measly hours," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this bill, as the House bill, is yet again a tax bill disguised as a health bill

Echoing a comment made by President Trump about the House, Pelosi said the Senate bill is mean, "mean and heartless."

Those ages 50 to 64 will be paying five times more for benefits, she said, and millions will lose coverage.

The bill takes away essential benefits, she said. It shifts financial responsibility to the states, which will be be unable to meet the needs of residents.

The bill will also cost 1.8 million jobs, she said.

The Senate bill has been written in secret with members of the Republican party left in the dark as to its contents until today as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

McConnell said the bill would stabilize the individual insurance market. It would fund a temporary federal reinsurance program prior to states implementing their own reinsurance programs.

It will eventually transition away from Obamacare's collapsing system entirely, McConnell said.

The bill repeals taxes on HSAs, over the counter medicines and on employee health insurance premiums and health plan benefits

It keeps the ACA's measure to allow children to stay on their parents' insurance until the age of 26.

Tax credits to help people buy insurance in the individual market would be offered to those with incomes up to 350 percent of the federal poverty level, below the ACA's current limit of 400 percent of FPL.

The bill would not allow states to waive ACA requirements that insurers accept everyone and charge the same rates, as the House bill had done, according to Politico.

Twitter: @SusanJMorse

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Physicians more likely to support fines for overprescribing antibiotics when they know it hurts patients http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/physicians-more-likely-to-support-fines-for-antibiotic-overprescribing-when-aware-patient http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/physicians-more-likely-to-support-fines-for-antibiotic-overprescribing-when-aware-patient Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:16:49 CDT Joanne Finnegan at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare Doctors are more likely to support financial penalties for overprescribing antibiotics when they know how the practice can hurt patients, a new study says. Physician support of fines varied depending on whether the rationale given for them was based on patient, societal or institutional harm. Study finds racial disparities in readmission rates for Medicare patients http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/study-finds-racial-disparities-medicare-readmission-rates http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/study-finds-racial-disparities-medicare-readmission-rates Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:25 CDT Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare New research suggests that Medicare Advantage plans may be linked to greater racial disparity in readmissions. Study finds racial disparities in readmission rates for Medicare patients http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/study-finds-racial-disparities-medicare-readmission-rates http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/study-finds-racial-disparities-medicare-readmission-rates Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:25 CDT Paige Minemyer at FierceHealthcare: Payer New research suggests that Medicare Advantage plans may be linked to greater racial disparity in readmissions. Navigating a HIPAA pitfall in payer-provider partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:22 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It HIPAA does not prohibit payers and providers from sharing patient information to develop clinical best practices, but there are several nuances hospitals should be aware of, according to two privacy attorneys. Certain information sharing arrangements could implicate a provision of HIPAA that prohibits organizations from selling PHI. Navigating a HIPAA pitfall in payer-provider partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:22 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: It HIPAA does not prohibit payers and providers from sharing patient information to develop clinical best practices, but there are several nuances hospitals should be aware of, according to two privacy attorneys. Certain information sharing arrangements could implicate a provision of HIPAA that prohibits organizations from selling PHI. Navigating a HIPAA pitfall in payer-provider partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:22 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Healthcare HIPAA does not prohibit payers and providers from sharing patient information to develop clinical best practices, but there are several nuances hospitals should be aware of, according to two privacy attorneys. Certain information sharing arrangements could implicate a provision of HIPAA that prohibits organizations from selling PHI. Navigating a HIPAA pitfall in payer-provider partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships http://medclimate.com/external/index.php?http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/navigating-a-hipaa-pitfall-payer-provider-partnerships Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:12:22 CDT Evan Sweeney at FierceHealthcare: Payer HIPAA does not prohibit payers and providers from sharing patient information to develop clinical best practices, but there are several nuances hospitals should be aware of, according to two privacy attorneys. Certain information sharing arrangements could implicate a provision of HIPAA that prohibits organizations from selling PHI.