Steven Shortell, a professor of health policy and management at the University of California-Berkeley, says, "More and more (ACOs) are assuming more risk" and predicts "that the pace of that change is going to accelerate."
The newly released American Health Care Act contains several provisions from previous GOP proposals—such as repealing the ACA's individual and employer mandates and shifting Medicaid to a per capita allotment model—but also heads in new directions with its Medicaid and funding provisions.
The order's effective date, March 16, is one day before Match Day, when applicants for medical residency in the United States find out whether and where they are placed in residency—a fact with significant implications for the ability of physicians potentially affected by the order to obtain visas.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says he "cannot concur with some of the conclusions in" the VA Office of Inspector General, "nor use them for management decisions," because the office calculated patient wait times for the report differently than VA calculates wait times.
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