J.P. Mor­gan in­vestor con­fer­ence kicks off 2019

Modern Healthcare - - The Week Ahead - —Matthew We­in­stock

JAN. 7-10: For­get the ball drop­ping in Times Square, this is the real start to health­care’s new year—the J.P. Mor­gan Health­care Con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco. “The hun­dreds of com­pa­nies pre­sent­ing run the gamut, from star­tups to those with more than $300 bil­lion in mar­ket cap, and en­com­pass the en­tire global health­care land­scape, in­clud­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms, health­care ser­vice providers, profit and not­for-prof­its, and med­i­cal de­vice com­pa­nies,” the bank noted on its con­fer­ence web­site. Fi­nance re­porter Tara Ban­now will be there get­ting the scoop. Watch for her daily Re­porter’s Note­book on­line and a wrap-up in the Jan. 14 is­sue of the mag­a­zine.

JAN. 8-9: The push to­ward con­sumerism will be on dis­play in spades at the 10th Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mit in Las Ve­gas. An off­shoot of the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show, the sum­mit will fea­ture pan­els on unleashing the power of AI as well as ge­nomics. An­other will delve into how im­plantable de­vices could be used to curb the opi­oid cri­sis. We’ll be keep­ing our eyes out for innovations that show prom­ise in con­tin­u­ing to dis­rupt the in­dus­try.

JAN. 8: Few things raise peo­ple’s ire like a pol­icy de­bate over abor­tion. CMS staff will have their hands full comb­ing through tens of thou­sands of com­ments on a pro­posed rule that would re­quire au­dits of pre­mium sub­sidy el­i­gi­bil­ity. The agency pro­posed the rule in Novem­ber sug­gest­ing that it would help bring Af­ford­able Care Act sub­sidy el­i­gi­bil­ity in line with other fed­eral as­sis­tance pro­grams. The CMS wants to use a data­match­ing pro­gram “to en­sure peo­ple are en­rolled in the most ap­pro­pri­ate type of cov­er­age for them.” The pro­posal would also re­quire in­sur­ers to send a “sep­a­rate bill and col­lect sep­a­rate pay­ments for the por­tion of the con­sumer’s pre­mium at­trib­ut­able to cer­tain abor­tion ser­vices for which pub­lic fund­ing is pro­hib­ited.” Not sur­pris­ingly, the line about abor­tion spurred nu­mer­ous pub­lic com­ments on all sides of the is­sue.

Tara Ban­now

Re­porter Mod­ern Health­care @TaraBan­now

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