Health­care will play big in midterms

Modern Healthcare - - The Week Ahead - —Matthew We­in­stock

NOV. 5: It feels a bit like Ground­hog Day, but, here we go: An­a­lysts will be lis­ten­ing for any signs that Tenet Health­care has found a buyer for Conifer. The rev­enue-cy­cle sub­sidiary has been on the mar­ket for nearly a year. Aside from that, Wall Street watch­ers pre­dict a year-over-year in­crease in earn­ings on lower rev­enue. Tenet’s per­for­mance has been weighed down by vol­ume pres­sure at the Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter and else­where.

NOV. 6: As we like to say in Chicago, “Vote early, vote of­ten!” Polls lead­ing into the midterm elec­tions rank health­care as one of the top is­sues—if not the top is­sue—on vot­ers’ minds, along­side the econ­omy and im­mi­gra­tion. Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion mea­sures are on the bal­lot in four states. Pol­icy wonks will also be watch­ing too-close-to-call gu­ber­na­to­rial races in a half-dozen states where a Demo­cratic win could lead to fur­ther Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion. In Mas­sachusetts, vot­ers will de­cide if the state should adopt nurse-pa­tient staffing ra­tios. And the grow­ing cam­paign for le­gal­ized recre­ational and med­i­cal mar­i­juana con­tin­ues in dozens of statewide and lo­cal bal­lot ini­tia­tives.

NOV. 7: Zacks In­vest­ment Re­search pre­dicts that Hu­mana will de­liver strong re­sults when its earn­ings are re­leased, in­clud­ing a 5% jump in rev­enue. While not fac­tor­ing into Q3 re­sults, Hu­mana in early Oc­to­ber an­nounced a new value-based agree­ment with Cal­i­for­nia-based Her­itage Provider Net­work that will bring the physi­cian-led care or­ga­ni­za­tion into Hu­mana’s Medi­care Ad­van­tage net­work. In the not-so-good-news cat­e­gory, Texas reg­u­la­tors in Oc­to­ber fined Hu­mana $700,000 for fail­ing to main­tain an ad­e­quate num­ber of in-net­work anes­the­si­ol­o­gists at its con­tracted hospi­tals in four coun­ties.

NOV. 9: Head­ing into Vet­er­ans Day (Nov. 11, ob­served Nov. 12), Robert Wilkie will be the head­liner at a Na­tional Press Club lun­cheon. Wilkie was sworn in as sec­re­tary of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs in July, re­plac­ing the em­bat­tled

Dr. David Shulkin. Be­yond man­ag­ing a mas­sive over­haul of the depart­ment’s elec­tronic health record sys­tem, Wilkie must fig­ure out how to im­ple­ment the VA Mis­sion Act, which gives vet­er­ans more op­tions to seek care among com­mu­nity providers.

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