Taking Action Express Week 10: A quick look at what’s new

collaborationThe Weekly Buzz: Summary of the Community Dialogue on Joint Replacements for Hips and Knees

Why does a joint replacement cost $30,000 in one hospital and $160,000 in another? At The Action Group’s Community Dialogue on Joint Replacements for Hips and Knees last Friday, we began our journey toward improving transparency, quality and safety, while addressing inappropriate use and high costs in Minnesota.

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forbesStates Failing on Price Transparency

“Forty-five of 50 states —-    90 percent —-    fail to adequately make price information available to their consumers even as the Affordable Care Act, employers and insurance companies push for greater transparency.” Payment Reform is central to many Action Group initiatives and was a focal point of the Community Dialogue described above. Last week, Forbes released a thought-provoking article, based on a recent report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

News from the State Capitol

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.

As the calendar speeds toward April, many of the health care issues still in play have been rolled into larger omnibus bills for further consideration by the full Legislature. More information on those bills is below:

Omnibus Policy Bills
Many issues related to health care licensure, professional scopes of practice, health care homes, pharmacy benefit manager regulations, E-cigarettes, and even eyeglass prescriptions can be found in both Senate File 2087 and Senate File 1484.

Omnibus Finance Bills
The Senate will unveil their proposal for health care spending today, March 31. The House passed their suggestions last Thursday night. For more information on what the House included, please see this summary from the House Research Department.

Thought for the Week

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller