This month in The Source Roundup, we cover articles and reports that examine: 1) the effect of private equity acquisition of hospitals; 2) the latest trends on hospital prices; and 3) ACA marketplace premiums at the state level in the last 3 years. Additionally, we highlight several cost containment strategies studied in recent reports, including 4) a progressive taxing proposal co-authored by The Source team, 5) establishing a state cost commission in California with lessons from other states, and 6) purchaser-led efforts to reduce healthcare costs. Consolidation and Competition On the topic of [...]
This month, we are pleased to highlight new publications co-authored by The Source-affiliated health policy researchers and scholars, discussing 1) the potential benefits of all-payer hospital global budgets, and 2) the legal viability and policy effects of state public option health plans. Additionally, we examine articles covering research on 3) hospital service offerings based on ownership type, 4) the correlation between hospital prices and patient outcomes, 5) data sources within California’s physician practice landscape, and 6) the labor market impact of hospital mergers. Healthcare Reform and Cost Containment High healthcare prices and rising [...]
In a new paper published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation Volume 59, Issue 1, The Source's Jaime King and Katie Gudiksen, together with Erin Fuse Brown, discuss state public option proposals from 2010–2021, including from states like Nevada, Colorado, and Washington. In examining the three main models—(1) Medicaid Buy-In Public Options; (2) Marketplace-Based Public Options; and (3) Comprehensive Public Options—the paper considers potential challenges to these state public option plans and whether they are legally viable and “worth it” for states to pursue, given the goal of improving healthcare coverage and affordability. Read [...]
AN ACT relating to pharmacy benefit managers; requiring pharmacy benefit managers to obtain a license from the Department of Health and Human Services; authorizing the Department to take certain actions to regulate pharmacy benefit managers; enacting certain requirements concerning the operation of a pharmacy benefit manager; requiring pharmacy benefit managers to report information relating to certain coverage regulated under federal law; removing the requirement that a pharmacy benefit manager obtain from the Commissioner of Insurance a certificate of registration as an administrator; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.