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Health Plan Financials Not Hurt Much By ACA Fees   Two new fees on all health plans had little impact on expected financial performance of Aetna and probably the other majors in the first quarter. Aetna today reported that in the second quarter ACA taxes and fees are simply passed through to employers like a telephone bill. The new fees are adding about a 4% surcharge to premiums (less for nonprofits), but not hurting growth or profitability. The Health Insurance Fee (HIF) is a permanent monthly tax on insured, Medicare and Medicaid lives of up to 2.6%. It started over a year ago and is passed directly to employers as a tax. The Reinsurance Contribution (RC) is an annual tax that applies to both insured and ASO, but only lasts for three years.  Health plans carefully carve out the fees from premiums, even when they deduct and pay them on behalf of employers.

Senate Committee Hits Failure Of Health Information Technology  The failure of the U.S. to implement its HIT law was placed on the policy agenda of  the Senate Appropriations Committee in a draft bill to require HHS to find out why. A MITRE Corporation report to the Committee in April discovers to nobody’s surprise that HIT vendors are the main problem, and there is only one solution: a single open architecture mandated by Congress. The report details exactly how it should be adopted under the next stage of meaningful use, and says nothing else will work. The Senate bill requires the HIT Policy Committee in HHS to do an immediate estimate of how many vendors, hospitals and doctors are blocking information, and come up with a "comprehensive strategy.” The Senate Committee also wants ONC to stop protecting vendors and "certify only those products that clearly meet current meaningful use program standards and that do not block health information exchange.” It should also decertify systems that block sharing of medical data using open architecture.

 




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