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With the new Medicare payment system, physicians can choose from a new list of measures and activities tailored to the physician’s clinics. The new payment formula will focus on quality, value, and accountability, rather than quantity. Payment options would be either a merit-based incentive payment system that evaluates the value and quality of care given or advanced alternative payment models that could include a team of healthcare professionals, according to Kaiser Health News.
Prisons release more than 600,000 people per year, but only about 112,520 former inmates were enrolled in Medicaid programs between 2013 and January 2015, Kaiser Health News reported. The United States Department of Health & Human Services is reminding states that a majority of former inmates are eligible for Medicaid. The HHS is also encouraging states to improve sign-ups and is providing money in order to update enrollment computers.
Colorado is contemplating abandoning Obamacare in favor of the ColoradoCare plan, which is a taxpayer-financed public health system. ColoradoCare is estimated to cost $38 billion per year, but it would guarantee coverage for everyone. It would be paid for with a tax increase, but supporters state that most people would save money, according to The New York Times.