December 22, 2023

Predictions for Healthcare M and A

A good article on what to expect in M and A. Discusses consolidation and technology as well as has suggestions for healthcare leaders.

#manda #acquisitons #mergers #healthplans #hospitals #providers #2024

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Government Shutdown Looms

Congress does not appear to be any closer to a deal on a FFY 2024 budget to keep government operating. Some CR funding expires on January 19, with the remaining CR ending in February. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-LA, has proposed a year-long CR at 2023 spending levels. A few months ago, the hard right from which the Speaker hails declared that such a proposal would be terrible given all the COVID spending that has inflated the budget bottom line over the past few years. This led to the ouster of Kevin McCarthy as Speaker and weeks of paralysis on Capitol Hill. Democrats view flat spending as detrimental to all programs. Johnson rejects additional short-term CRs.

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#crs #governmentshutdown #healthcare #spending

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Exchange Plan Deductibles Analyzed Over Time

Interesting study by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) on Exchange plan deductibles over time. The national average is roughly stable over the past few years.

#aca #obamacare #exchanges #coverage #costs

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Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2023 Healthcare Review

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) issued its year-in-review of the 10 health policy stories of 2023. Healthcare costs rose, Medicaid enrollment began to dip due to redeterminations, Medicare drug price negotiations began to take form, and more.

#kff #2023 #healthcare

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Trends in Employer Coverage

The Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracker issued an analysis on trends in employer-sponsored insurance (ESI). It remains the biggest form of healthcare, covering about 60% of Americans. This is about the same as in 2019. Low and moderate income people are less likely to have ESI. About three-quarters take ESI when offered.

#employercoverage #esi #healthcare

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— Marc S. Ryan

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