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While the target is critical, do year-end losses on risk-based contracts even matter?

by Mark Bethke, FSA, MAAA, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As we discussed in part 1 of this series, health systems (hospitals and provider organizations) continue to take on more and more gain/risk sharing contracts. A key question for this type of contract is understanding how it will affect revenue and margins.

To help answer this question, while assessing what can be a very complicated contract,

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Is health care ready to bet big on blockchain?

by Christine Chang, Research Manager, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

Many health care stakeholders are only beginning to consider the potential of blockchain – a type of shared distributed ledger that is already being tested in industries ranging from investment banking to sports television programming. The concept, which is the backbone of the digital currency Bitcoin, could be a game changer for health care by making health information exchange more secure,

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The president’s executive order on health care: Not repeal, but is it a big deal?

by Anne Phelps, Principal, US Health Care Regulatory Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

On October 12, the White House issued an executive order directing the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury and Labor to consider promulgating new rules – or reinterpret existing ones – to affect the small group and individual insurance markets with the stated goal of expanding consumer choices. Since its release, quite a bit of information (and some misinformation) has come out about the order’s potential impact on the markets.

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Making progress in integrating social determinants of health into the EHR

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Health care stakeholders have long recognized that factors outside the health care system –the social determinants of health (SDoH) – influence an individual’s health and well-being. Many hospitals, health systems, and health plans are navigating the challenges of effectively linking data related to the SDoH and clinical services to improve health outcomes in the long term.

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