From AIS's Value-Based Care News - The Federal Trade Commission may need to re-evaluate how it looks at potential hospital mergers in the rapidly evolving value-based care landscape following recent setbacks involving FTC challenges to three separate mergers on anticompetitive grounds, legal analysts say. Although the commission is appealing two of the rulings, the setbacks indicate that the FTC still is evaluating hospital mergers through a fee-for-service lens, even though the hospitals themselves increasingly are competing in a value-based world. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - A bill that passed a House committee vote last month would allow small employers to offer tax-free money to workers through a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) that could be used to buy individual coverage on a public exchange. That, industry observers tell HEX, has the potential to boost enrollment on the public exchanges and improve the risk pool. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - At a July 12 hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t working as intended, and that enrollment is far lower than projected. That’s where agreements ended and the bickering began. Read more
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