What this means is----like the Wall Street banking deregulation and consolidation into first national financial monopolies and then global financial monopolies Burwell is committed as a Wall Street 1% to doing the same with health care and indeed that is what has occurred over these several years. This is why all our health industries are now folded into one state health system. These are not simply state health systems ---they are already global Wall Street pols simply tell us its all about competition and free market.
'Second, improving the way care is delivered is central to our reform efforts. We have put in place policies to encourage greater integration within practice sites, greater coordination among providers, and greater attention to population health. Through the Partnership for Patients, we have engaged U.S. hospitals in learning networks to focus on high-priority risks to patient safety and have already seen significant improvement. There is now a national program to reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days after discharge, which encourages hospitals to improve transitional care and coordinate more effectively with ambulatory care providers'.
'The American Medical Association has already stoked the flames, releasing an analysis Tuesday that said the pending insurance deals raise antitrust concerns and would lead to higher healthcare costs. Insurers rebuffed the report and called it “fatally flawed.”'
“It would be erroneous to claim that the Affordable Care Act is somehow responsible for anticompetitive consolidation when in fact such mergers and joint ventures are efforts to avoid the pro-competitive aspects of the Act,” Greaney told House lawmakers (PDF) in September 2013'
Remember, Republicans started these consolidations to monopoly and they wrote this ACA policy in their think tanks so they are POSING CONSERVATIVE in caring about anti-trust now. Who was behind breaking Glass Steagall and the financial monopolies of Wall Street? Republicans in Congress.
UNITEDHEALTHCARE GLOBAL----the Clinton/Bush/Obama single payer replacing the US public health care system. This is why I've shouted for years for social Democrats not to use the term single-payer in wanting Expanded Medicare.
Healthcare consolidation hearings likely to include ACA blame game
By Bob Herman | September 8, 2015 Insurance Business America
Two massive health insurance mergers in the works have reignited a fiery discussion over excessive consolidation. A series of House hearings kicking off this week will look for villains: hospitals, doctors, insurers or, more broadly, the Affordable Care Act.
The American Medical Association has already stoked the flames, releasing an analysis Tuesday that said the pending insurance deals raise antitrust concerns and would lead to higher healthcare costs. Insurers rebuffed the report and called it “fatally flawed.”
This Thursday marks the first of two House Judiciary Committee meetings on the state of healthcare competition. This week's hearing will specifically focus on how or if the ACA has affected provider and insurer competition. Mergers have become commonplace over the past several years in most corners of the healthcare industry.
Later this month, the House will focus exclusively on the two transactions in question: Anthem's $54 billion bid for Cigna Corp. and Aetna's $37 billion proposed acquisition of Humana. If approved, Aetna and Anthem would each have about $115 billion in annual revenue and, along with UnitedHealth Group, create a Big Three in control of a large swath of the government and commercial health plan market.
The Senate will also hold a hearing, on Sept. 22, on the health insurance deals. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish, Cigna CEO David Cordani and Humana CEO Bruce Broussard have all been called to testify.
Thursday's meeting features several prominent figures in the industry: Dan Durham, an executive vice president at America's Health Insurance Plans who recently served as the group's interim CEO before Marilyn Tavenner took over; Dr. Barbara McAneny, a board trustee at the American Medical Association; and Rick Pollack, the new CEO of the American Hospital Association. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Greaney, a law professor at St. Louis University, will also appear.
Political rhetoric has defined the leadup to this week's hearing, as the Republican-led House sought to tie the controversial mergers to President Barack Obama's health reform law, higher medical costs and alleged limitations on care options. The hearing “will add to the growing record of how Obamacare led to each of these results, and why the broken law demands repeal,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) said in a statement last week.
“The committee clearly has a particular aim in mind, and that is to build a record for continuing to advocate for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” said Lee Simowitz, a partner at Baker & Hostetler who focuses on antitrust law.
Democrats have argued consolidation among hospitals, physicians and insurers occurred well before the ACA became law. Policy experts have also said the ACA encourages new forms of competition and collaboration through payment reforms, such as accountable care organizations.
“It would be erroneous to claim that the Affordable Care Act is somehow responsible for anticompetitive consolidation when in fact such mergers and joint ventures are efforts to avoid the pro-competitive aspects of the Act,” Greaney told House lawmakers (PDF) in September 2013.
OH REALLY????? AND STOP CALLING FAR-RIGHT WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS DEMOCRATS!
The political theater doesn't end at the ACA. Providers and insurers have been using the congressional backdrop as another platform to voice their concerns with the opposing party's transactions.
The American Medical Association's latest report said the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals would drastically lessen consumer health plan choices in 154 metropolitan areas within 23 states. The American Hospital Association wrote letters to the U.S. Justice Department raising similar concerns of anticompetitive behavior.
America's Health Insurance Plans countered by saying provider monopolies in local markets have led to the rise of healthcare prices. “The AMA is recycling misleading data that does not accurately reflect the market today,” AHIP spokeswoman Clare Krusing said in a statement Tuesday. “Families and employers in every state have multiple choices of both insurance plans and types of coverage.”
Insurance executives have continually expressed optimism their deals will get the federal government's green light. But antitrust observers note that the Obama administration has had no qualms about discouraging other big mergers, such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast and Sysco Corp. and US Foods. The government also has been very successful in a handful of recent healthcare antitrust cases.
“This is just the beginning. It's the tip of the iceberg,” said David Balto, an antitrust attorney who used to work for the Justice Department and has been critical of Aetna's and Anthem's acquisitions. “I think you're going to get very aggressive scrutiny from the (Justice Department) antitrust division.”
The hearings, however, likely won't have much bearing on the federal government's review. "What the enforcement agencies do with mergers is rarely affected by what goes in Congress," Simowitz said. "These are hearings where people are going to use them for their own purposes."
We have spoken for years the difference between the far-right wing progressive posing on the phrase SINGLE-PAYER vs social Democratic Expanded and Improved Medicate for All. Below you see the goal of the far-right 1% Wall Street----a single-payer global insurance corporation controlling all health insurance payments. If we look at what is already a global health insurance corporation probably being primed to be that SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE GLOBAL CORPORATION-----UNITEDHEALTHCARE.
United Health Care was found guilty of hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare fraud while it was Federal Medicare so now that ACA privatized Medicare it is now free to simply enfold all those hundreds of billions of dollar of Medicare Trust right into their profit-margin and indeed there they go!
This is what Burwell is saying in her second position on ACA policy----consolidation of all avenues of health care to one great big global health monopoly and as we all know that is free market ----REALLY? Remember, these are far-right wing 1% Wall Street talking global monopoly not social Democrats---we support small business local economies.
This is the difference between the Heritage Foundation's use of the term SINGLE-PAYER and Wall Street Clinton neo-liberals ----and the Bernie Sanders social Democratic Expanded and Improved Medicare for All----totally opposite.
Jun. 10. 2016
Will health insurance mergers create a monopoly or single-payer system?
by Caitlin Bronson | Jul 09, 2015
The increasing consolidation among health insurance companies as a result of the Affordable Care Act will eventually lead to either a monopoly or a government-run, single-payer system, industry commenters are saying.
Writing in the Baltimore Sun, Robert Reich suggests while merger and acquisition activity may be good for the shareholders of America’s leading health insurers, it will be “bad for the rest of us, who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need.”
He points to the 1999 merger of Aetna with Prudential HealthCare, in which premiums rose 7% higher than they would have if the merger hadn’t occurred, according to a study from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“If we continue in the direction we’re headed, we’ll soon have a health insurance system dominated by two or three mammoth for-profit corporations capable of squeezing employees and consumers for all they’re worth – and handing over the profits to their shareholders and executives,” Reich said.
“The alternative is a government-run, single-payer system – such as is in place in almost every other advanced economy – dedicated to lower premiums and better care.”
Not all insurance industry observers take Reich’s view, however. Peter Ubel, a professor of business, public policy and medicine at Duke University, says the merger between Aetna and Humana this month will give insurers the bargaining power necessary to control the high costs being leveled against consumers by drug companies, healthcare providers and medical-device makers.
“This grows the strength of the payer, and that’s very important when negotiating with the providers,” Ubel told MarketWatch. “This will probably help hold down the cost of medical care.”
Along with the $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger, reports are circulating on a possible buyout by UnitedHealth Group of a smaller competitor. Aetna has also made headlines by going public with a bid to takeover Cigna Corp.
If any of the deals currently being proposed go through, analysts say it would result in an industry topped by three dominant carriers – each earning more than $100 billion in annual revenue.
Here we see global UnitedHealthCare this one in India. This will be the only health insurer in the US very quickly. As Clinton/Obama/Bush global pols PRETEND to be creating competitive state health systems while UnitedHealthCare stays out----just as with all progressive posing with small business development any small state insurance business that may be created will be merged or pushed out of business within a decade.
Current national health insurance corporations like Kaiser Permenente no longer need the health insurance industry---they are partnered in these global health systems as with Johns Hopkins. Kaiser will simply merge itself into UNITEDHEALTHCARE as one big global monopoly just as our telecommunications et al have done.
This is what Burwell, Bill Gates, and the 1% DAVOS gang call competitive and the pathway to patients having the health care they deserve! Do we think global health system corporations are going to bring third world International Economic Zone labor conditions to American labor? WE ALREADY KNOW THIS.
Who am I seeing tied to UnitedHealthCare already? Our International labor unions. What will UHC do to health plans? They will be predatory and cheapen health access coverage. Why would our unions connect to global monopolies in health care?
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I listed all the national 'labor and justice' organizations that brought out the very population groups harmed most to support Affordable Care Act and the AARP was one for seniors. AARP has always been simply a tool to move seniors from Federal Medicare to Medicare Advantage and has been allowed to have its own BUSINESS as such. Wall Street 1% pols simply created that FAMOUS PARTNERSHIP STATUS---this time with a non-profit tying UNITEDHEALTHCARE to our Federal Medidcare and has for these few decades. It is no coincidence that UnitedHealthCare was during this time guilty of tons of Medicare fraud.
So, AARP who should be educating citizens on these attacks to Social Security and Medicare Trusts are silent. No doubt the non-profit will just disappear as UnitedHealthCare simply takes over all Medicare and Medicaid and creates one big gutted of funding Medicaid for All.
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We know here in Baltimore were 3 decades of this exemption from Medicare has led to pooled funding for health care with tens of billions of dollars probably lost and misappropriated to simply expanding Hopkins and a few health corporations globally and nationally. We know as well Baltimore does not have a mental health system---it simply has a bunch of Wall Street Baltimore Development non-profits and heavy PHARMA script in lieu of a real public health system.
This is why mental health was made a priority with Bill Gates in the PHARMA business and addiction being one huge circle of success and relapse as with depression. As this article says----we have had no oversight and accountability these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and this health care reform will super-size this as more and more and more and more of Americans never access the health care these global pols and corporations are PRETENDING THEY DO.
Massive Fraud: Psychiatry’s Corrupt Industry
For decades, psychiatrists and psychologists have claimed a monopoly over the field of mental health. Governments and private health insurance companies have provided them with billions of dollars every year to treat “mental illness,” only to face industry demands for even more funds to improve the supposed, ever-worsening state of mental health. No other industry can afford to fail consistently and expect to get more funding.
A significant portion of these appropriations and insurance reimbursements has been lost due to financial fraud within the mental health industry, an international problem estimated to cost more than a hundred billion dollars every year.
ACTUALLY MEDICARE HAS LOST FOR A FEW DECADES BETWEEN $200-400 BILLION EACH YEAR----THEY ALWAYS USE THIS LOW FIGURE.
- The United States loses approximately $100 billion (€81.5 billion) to health care fraud each year. Up to $20 billion (€15.7 billion) of this is due to fraudulent practices in the mental health industry.
- One of the largest health care fraud suits in US history was in mental health, yet it is the smallest sector within health care.
- A study of US Medicaid and Medicare insurance fraud, especially in New York, over a twenty-year period, showed psychiatry to have the worst track record of all medical disciplines.
- Germany reports roughly $1 billion (€807 million) is defrauded each year.
- In Australia, health care fraud and patient over-servicing has cost taxpayers up to $330 million (€226 million) a year.
- In Ontario, Canada, psychotherapist Michael Bogart was sentenced to 18 months in jail for defrauding the government of almost $1 million (€815,993), the largest medical fraud case in the history of the province.
However, psychiatrist and psychologist membership bodies do not police this criminality. Rather, as former president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Paul Fink, arrogantly admitted: “It is the task of the APA to protect the earning power of psychiatrists.”
The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. This has allowed psychiatrists and psychologists to commit far more than just financial fraud. The roster of crimes committed by these “professionals” ranges from fraud, drug offenses, rape and sexual abuse to child molestation, assault, manslaughter and murder.
The primary purpose of mental health treatment must be the therapeutic care and treatment of individuals who are suffering emotional disturbance. It must never be the financial or personal gain of the practitioner. Those suffering are inevitably vulnerable and impressionable. Proper treatment therefore demands the highest level of trustworthiness and integrity in the practitioner.
As experience has shown that there are many criminal mental health practitioners, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights has developed a database at www.psychcrime.org that lists many of the people in the mental health industry who have been convicted and jailed.
Created in response to the high number of convicted mental health practitioners who continue to seek employment in the mental health industry, one of its primary purposes is to inform people about the background of those individuals.
There is no place for criminal intent or deed in the field of mental health. CCHR works with others to ensure this standard is upheld.
This information is presented as a public service to law enforcement agencies, health care fraud investigators, international police agencies, medical and psychological licensing boards and the general public with the purpose of bringing to an end criminal psychiatric abuse in the mental health system.
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This is why UNITEDHEALTHCARE is not participating in US state health systems and this is why ACA places all these mandates making them look to help citizens but they do not at all. They simply make it almost impossible for small health insurance businesses to enter the state insurance markets and indeed---that is what we are seeing.
Global pols are staging these state health systems to make it appear there is competition happening but there is not.
ALL OF THIS VIOLATES OUR US CONSTITUTION AND FEDERAL LAWS SURROUNDING ANTI-TRUST AND MONOPOLY BUT WHO IS RECOGNIZING A US CONSTITUTION SAY WALL STREET GLOBAL POLS?
'This requirement makes it more difficult for different insurance companies to compete, because they are locked into providing a certain level of coverage. The two largest insurers combined controlled 78 percent, and the three largest 88 percent. Most states are only a few high-profile mergers away from a near-total monopoly in their insurance markets'.
It was critical to tie these reforms---both Race to the Top and Affordable Care Act to someone running as a Democrat-----as 90% of Americans are harmed they want us to think it was the Democrats who did it when all these policies were written in the Republican and Brookings Institution think tanks----far-right wing policy.
You can tell this when these national policy groups are not shouting against this BEFORE ALL THESE POLICIES COME OUT----I SHOUTED IN 2010 ALL THIS WAS HAPPENING. They come out afterwards to tell us what was already done was bad.
Obamacare's Unnatural Monopoly
June 30, 2015
The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down insurance subsidies in federal exchanges signaled that the Affordable Care Act will remain in place until a new president signs reforms into law. The law is in need of reform, and a new development in the provision of health insurance may raise prices even further. America may see a wave of consolidation in the health insurance industry as the largest health insurers consider merging into even larger mega-companies.
Anthem (the second-largest insurer in the country) is attempting a takeover of Cigna (the fifth largest), and rumors are sprouting up that UnitedHealth (the largest insurer) may try to acquire Aetna (the third largest). According to Fortune Magazine’s Shawn Tully, this do-si-do of high-profile mergers could send the combined UnitedHealth-Aetna institution to fifth place on the Fortune 500 list, with total revenues greater than those of Apple and Ford.
While mergers can sometimes help companies take advantage of each other’s strengths and save weaker companies from bankruptcy, they can also dry up competitive pressures. Fewer companies providing a product means fewer alternatives to which consumers can turn when they are dissatisfied. This often results in a decrease in product quality and an increase in prices.
A 2012 paper by economists Leemore Dafny (Northwestern University), Mark Duggan (University of Pennsylvania), and Subramaniam Ramanarayanan (University of California at Los Angeles) estimated that the consolidation of the health insurance industry from 1998 to 2006 increased premiums by an average of seven percentage points.
In the case of health-insurance, the ACA has created several incentives for big insurers to combine. Regulations in the law mandate that insurance plans cover certain “essential health benefits” that really are not essential to everyone, such as maternity care and mental health coverage. While these mandates have the obvious effect of increasing premiums—more coverage means higher costs—they also create anticompetitive forces for insurance companies. Rather than allowing consumers to shop around for a plan that meets their specific health needs, the ACA mandates a standard set of features for everyone.
This requirement makes it more difficult for different insurance companies to compete, because they are locked into providing a certain level of coverage. With nothing different to offer their customers, it makes sense for large health insurance companies to merge, since they will not have the flexibility to offer new, innovative insurance plans to draw customers away from their competitors, and thus can only increase revenues by joining together. After all, why would people leave their insurers if the alternatives have nothing new to offer?
Another anticompetitive feature of the ACA is the requirement that insurers may spend no more than 20 percent of patient premiums on administrative expenses and other non-medical costs. While one would expect this provision to reduce wasteful spending, it has the unintended consequence of encouraging health insurers to merge in order to spread administrative costs over a larger customer pool. This strategy may benefit the companies’ balance sheets, but it makes the industry less competitive overall.
Under the ACA, the government must approve large premium increases on the exchanges before premiums can rise. This, in effect, makes insurers accountable to regulators rather than to their customers. To gain more sway with regulators, insurers will want to gain a larger share of the enrollee pool. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, the largest insurer in the median state controlled 55 percent of the individual insurance market. The two largest insurers combined controlled 78 percent, and the three largest 88 percent. Most states are only a few high-profile mergers away from a near-total monopoly in their insurance markets.
Granted, not all of this consolidation is due to the ACA. Federal and state governments were passing anticompetitive laws long before President Obama came into office. For instance, individuals are prohibited from purchasing insurance across state lines, giving them a narrower range of plans from which to choose. Additionally, since the federal government provides a tax subsidy for employer-provided health insurance, nine in ten privately insured Americans get coverage through their employer. This means that if you want to leave your insurance company, you would have to leave your job. All this has contributed to consolidation in the health insurance industry over the past half-century, a trend the ACA has only accelerated.
While the ACA may be good for big insurance companies, it is bad for consumers. Mergers of health insurance companies in the coming years will reduce competition and raise premiums. To stop this trend, it will take serious, market-based healthcare reform to restore true competition and break Obamacare’s unnatural monopoly.
Preston Cooper is a Policy Analyst at Economics21.
One would have to be blind not to know this after-care is simply an extension of Johns Hopkins and it addresses the second statement Burwell made above. This is the policy that keeps a hospital from admitting patients and sends much to outpatient status. Citizens all over the nation are openly reporting they are whisked out of the hospital often creating complications with care as hospitals meet this requirement and that was the intent. Deregulated health care now means what was once time in the hospital to assure a complete recovery from procedure has now been outsourced and any number of for-profit and what they call NON-PROFIT corporations. This is called EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS. It makes that hospital stay as cheap as can be----and then the patient is sent out to maneuver through several loops of after-care. Below is a nice-enough place-----space is very limited and it is in Hopkins' neighborhood. What we see with other places in this system is the same network of structures with varying degrees of professionalism---no oversight and accountability---and much involves people simply being sent home and told to hire a home-care corporation.
THIS IS BURWELL'S IDEA OF IMPROVING TRANSITIONAL CARE.
The reason Keswick is a non-profit and not for-profit is Hopkins will use that status to expand this KESWICK brand nationally as a corporation and do it while tax exempt and getting Federal funding.
'which encourages hospitals to improve transitional care and coordinate more effectively with ambulatory care providers'.
This was listed in US News and World Report---they list things as non-profit around the world so global investors know this is a global corporation in the making. This is why Hopkins is always ranked high in US News because it is not about university standing---it's about which university sells its brand best.
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- Continuing Care Retirement Community: No
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Let's be clear----any hospital that is excluding people because of ACA is NOT A NON-PROFIT. These hospitals calling themselves non--profit have evaded taxes for decades as they simply use all profits to expand. That is called GROWING YOUR CORPORATE BRAND. As this article shows and there is widespread data on all of the negative effects already having happened---it will simply get worse. We might be seeing media allowing some coverage of these transitions but it will not be long before NGOs creating health data will simply say ALL IS GOING GREAT.
The article I shared over increases in maternity deaths is tied to this issue of being discharged before the patient has been officially stabilized. It is happening across all disease or medical procedure vector and you will not see it in these global health system stats.
For-Profit Hospitals Pushing Patients Out Too Early: Report
05/14/2012 11:13 am ET | Updated May 15, 2012
Hospital patients, unready to go home, are being pushed out the door anyway.
Pressure to meet financial obligations is pushing large hospitals to release patients too early, according to a pair of studies from University of Maryland Professor Bruce Golden. Patients that were discharged during hospitals’ busiest periods were 50 percent more likely to come back to the hospital within three days, the study found.
One of the reasons for the rush to discharge patients: surgeons and hospitals operate on an incentive-driven model that pushes them to perform as many surgeries as possible, Golden said in a press release accompanying the findings.
“The hospital has to maintain revenue levels to meet its financial obligations. Surgeons are working to save lives and earn a livelihood. It’s what they do,” Golden said. “If the hospital says ‘sorry there are no beds available,’ there’s a lot of tension and pressure from both sides to keep things moving.”
That pressure appears effective. A 2010 survey from Forbes of America’s most profitable hospitals found that more than 20 hospitals with over 200 beds make 25 cents on every dollar of patient revenue they take in. At the same time, Americans are paying the most for their health care of any industrialized nation, yet aren’t receiving the best care for their money, according to a study released earlier this month.
Seniors in Ontario are even being sent home from the hospital while they’re still sick, the Ottowa Citizen reports. They’re also being pushed out of the hospitals without adequate rehabilitation or therapy services.
The problem of sending patients home too early isn’t limited to the U.S. though. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service faced a scandal in 2010 after it was reported that the agency released 500,000 patients every year that were later readmitted because they were sent home too soon, according to Express.