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Health Law & Policy

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiative: 3 key opportunitiesAs hospitals begin to search for key post-acute providers and implement new care pathways, providers should be aware of program waivers that afford greater flexibility in determining the most cost-effective care possible to ensure good outcomes for patients within the CJR model.
Up for debate: CMS Star Ratings releasedExperts break down the controversy over the agency’s release of Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
Moderate health spending growth expectedOver the next decade, health spending is expected to grow at an average rate of 5.8% per year.

HHS tackles opioid epidemicHHS is taking formal steps to address opioid addiction, a widely recognized national public health crisis. Find out the policy changes.
Republican alternative ACA plan: 5 takeawaysIs the republican alternative ACA plan a viable trade-off? Here are some key elements of the plan to consider.
Eleven ways MACRA will impact your businessWhat impact will MACRA have on your organization? We asked experts to tell us.

ACA helps many long-term uninsured get coverage
First statewide universal coverage: Can it happen?Colorado could have the first statewide universal healthcare system in the country if proposed legislation passes in November. Will it happen? Experts weigh in.
Experts assess the fallout as United exits ACA exchangesIndustry watchers weigh in on UnitedHealth Group’s announcement that it will exit all but a “handful” of state Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.
Pfizer makes huge multimillion-dollar Medicaid settlementIn one of the biggest drug pricing settlements in history, Pfizer is paying $784.6 million to settle claims alleging that the practices of its Wyeth subsidiary relating to the calculation of Medicaid rebates for Protonix (pantoprazole sodium) violated the Federal Civil False Claims Act and other laws.