Bob Atlas Quoted in “Top Four Healthcare Industry Changes to Watch in 2017”

Managed Healthcare Executive

Bob Atlas, a Strategic Advisor and President of EBG Advisors, Inc., in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Managed Healthcare Executive, in “Top Four Healthcare Industry Changes to Watch in 2017,” by Karen Appold.

Following is an excerpt:

Bob Atlas, president of Epstein Becker Green’s consulting affiliate, EBG Advisors, says that beyond repealing many key elements of the Affordable Care Act, Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress may look to reshape Medicaid and Medicare into more of a defined contribution for the federal government. For Medicaid, this means converting federal financing to block grants or per capita spending caps. For Medicare, it may entail a shift to more of a premium support (or voucher) approach that would have the effect of moving most beneficiaries into private plans. …

Also, some ACA provisions must stay in place for other laws to operate, Atlas says. For example, MACRA, enacted in 2015 with strong bipartisan support, can only work if the “advanced alternative payment models” (APMs) spawned by ACA, such as accountable care organizations, continue. And then there are technical provisions of the ACA that aren’t visible to the public but matter a lot to the healthcare industry, such as the payment formula for Medicare Advantage plans.