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A fully public health care paradigm in the vein of Medicare For All remains a long shot in the current political climate. But two industry veterans, including a former head of CMS, lay out some policies in Health Affairs that could win bipartisan support and spur a refresh of the nation's health care apparatus.

“A serious issue that can disrupt, if not devastate, the lives of individuals and families,” said the chair of the subcommittee holding Congress’ first-ever hearing on surprise medical billing on April 2.

Medicare's decision to reimburse providers for behavioral health integration (BHI) and Collaborative Care Management (CoCM) codes shows the feds want PCPs to address mental health in Medicare. But some Medicaid programs have gotten there first, and can serve as a guide to how it can be done. 

If lately you've been wondering what's been made of a proposed rule that was supposed to change Part B drug payments in the fall of 2016, don't fret about your cognitive state. You didn't suffer a bout of amnesia; the proposal died quietly at some point during the rule-making process and CMS officially cleared it from the books Oct. 3.
The death of the Graham-Cassidy bill seems to stop the clock on ACA repeal. But our experts think it may start up again -- though you'll probably have to wait over a year for it.

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