With the new Trump administration, healthcare policy changes are inevitable. Keeping track of how and when it will change is important for employee benefits professionals.
There are many resources and writers online, so it may seem daunting to keep up with all the changes. With so much to choose from, benefits professionals need a simplified list of the resources available to help them make the best decisions for their employees and clients.
Below is my personal list of resources I follow to keep up with healthcare policy changes. Don’t forget to check their Twitter feeds as well because they share a lot of relevant information from other authors. In essence, they do a great job of surveying the healthcare policy landscape and bringing awareness to pertinent topics to me… and now to you as well.Healthcare policy changes are inevitable in 2017. Here's a list of resources to help you state up-to-date. Click To Tweet
- Kaiser Health News (http://khn.org/) Twitter: @KHNews: Probably no surprise that Kaiser Health News is a great resource. Of note, one of the most famous healthcare journalists in America—Elisabeth Rosenthal—left The New York Times within the past year and is now the Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News. Kaiser Health News also has a morning briefing email list. Here is just a sampling of the Kaiser Health News Headlines from today:
- Trump’s Executive Order Scaling Back Health Law Injects Uncertainty in Already Unstable Industry
- Individual Mandate on Chopping Block, Trump Aide Hints
- Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs
- Dan Diamond Twitter: @ddiamond: Dan Diamond is a journalist with Politico and writes Politico Pulse, “examining the latest in healthcare policy every weekday morning.”
- Charles Ornstein Twitter: @charlesornstein: Charles Ornstein is a journalist with ProPublica and past president of The Association of Health Care Journalists. His most recent article from January 17, 2017 is “Pharma Money Reaches Guideline Writers, Patient Groups, Even Doctors on Twitter.” ProPublica has useful healthcare related online tools as well. It has a tool to look up a physician and see if they are receiving money from a pharmaceutical or medical device company. Check out their surgeon scorecard that allows you to look up complication rates.
- Ashish K. Jha, MD MPH Twitter: @ashishkjha: Dr. Jha is a famous healthcare policy researcher and writer. He regularly writes for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). His most recent JAMA article is “How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace?” The article describes how the most important Federal Agency regarding healthcare for President Trump may not be the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but rather the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Dr. Jha believes the FTC may be more important because of the potential anti-competitive and monopolistic mergers that hospitals and health systems have made, both vertically (buying physician practices) and horizontally (buying other hospital systems). Will the Trump administration address these mergers? Who knows! A fascinating read.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride this year with all the healthcare policy changes. Following the above resources provides a great way to stay up-to-speed on policy changes, as well as understand the relevance of these changes.
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