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The IRS Is Still Enforcing The Individual Mandate, Despite What Many Taxpayers Believe

The IRS website has insisted that the mandates are still in force, despite the Executive Order on Inauguration Day.

IRS Releases Draft Forms For 2017 ACA Reporting

The only change in any of the forms from 2016 identified in the instructions is that form 8962 now has instructions for accounting for qualified small employer reimbursement arrangements.

August 21, 2017 | Following the ACA

The Opioid Commission: Ringing The Right Alarm To Respond To The Overdose Epidemic

The Opioid Commission’s interim report emphasizes increasing access to evidence-based care for each of the 2.4 million Americans estimated to be affected with opioid use disorder.

August 21, 2017 | Public Health, Quality

ACA Round-Up: Hospital Nonprofit Status, ACA Nondiscrimination Litigation, And More

A round-up of ACA-related developments, including hospital compliance with requirements for nonprofit status, litigation over protections against gender identity and pregnancy termination discrimination, a decision to continue CSR payments next month, developments on “bare” counties, and more.

Health Affairs Briefing: Understanding The Value Of Innovations In Medicine

On September 13 Health Affairs will sponsor a forum for policymakers to examine various frameworks for formally defining and measuring value and discuss the public policy issues and strategies attendant to their use.

August 18, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Is The Latest Front In The War On Science

While first appearing to be just another skirmish in the culture wars, ending the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention program fits within the Administration’s larger efforts to devalue science, data, and evidence.

August 18, 2017 | Public Health, Quality

Managed Care Companies Should Publish Lessons Learned From Studying Their Own Big Data

Time has arrived for all managed care companies to claim a rightful seat at the table as experts in health services delivery by contributing in a scholarly domain.

The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases

One unorthodox but highly effective approach to addressing health and socioeconomic disparities in the United States would be to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap in our society by improving health.

August 17, 2017 | Health Equity, Population Health

Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For Digital Health

Under a new administration, the FDA is experimenting with a new way to balance innovation and risk with emerging medical technologies.

August 16, 2017 | Health IT

Terminating CSR Payments Would Increase Deficits, CBO Finds

On August 15, CBO and JCT released an analysis of the potential effects of terminating the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers. The CBO affirms what earlier analyses have concluded: in the long run the primary loser if CSR payments are terminated would be the federal budget.