In an interview with Modern Healthcare, Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni said the system wants to be a "resource" for Republicans on the implications of replacing the Affordable Care Act—but that Ascension believes in universal insurance coverage.
The agency on Monday announced it plans to delay by three months several mandatory bundled payment models that had been set to take effect in July, including two bundled payment programs for heart attack treatment and bypass surgery billed through Medicare and CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.
The amendment, which includes a $75 billion fund to make health care more affordable for older Americans and a provision to encourage Medicaid work requirements, attempts to balance concerns from both conservative and moderate House Republicans.
Mayo Clinic officials said while the system may in limited cases prioritize patients with commercial insurance, "medical need will always be the primary factor" in scheduling appointments, adding that "balancing payer mix is complex and isn't unique to Mayo Clinic."
Kristine Grow, a spokesperson for America's Health Insurance Plans, said insurers would consider the study's findings on the PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha, which currently costs more than $14,000 for a year's worth of treatment.
An upcoming change in how the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes temporary visas for skilled workers could mean provider shortages in rural areas that depend on a "steady flow of doctors from around the world," Miriam Jordan reports for the New York Times.