Welcome to the D.C. Rap Up, a weekly rundown of the most important health policy stories. Cleavon Gilman, MD, an emergency physician in New York City, remixes the news and drops the beat to catch you up with what’s up.
What’s changing across the nation?
Let’s start with accountable care organizations
Did you miss that CMS big splash?
Moving quickly towards a two-sided risk track
But national groups, wonder in fact
if penalties against ACOs are coming too fast
Let’s dash, to something fundamental
like documenting needs with ICD-10 codes
Have you ever heard of Z56?
Problems with employment to be real distinct
Have you ever encountered Z59?
Problems with housing is how it’s defined.
When it comes to the poor and the elderly
we need data and funds to unveil relief
So if we use these codes less seldomly
we’ll connect the underserved to the help they need
And this may be more important than ever
Since the uninsured rate was 13% in December
Who is it affecting? Women, people under 35
and those under 48 thou nationwide
But why? Well according to the media
It’s based on budget cuts and increased premiums
Hmm… Well what about Medicaid?
Would acceptance change, if expanded to every state?
Nope! Well what can it be?
The only thing that mattered was Medicaid fees
Especially compared to Medicare
declared by a recent study mentioned here
Let’s closeout this week with a cheer
Since drug prices fell the first time in 50 years