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There’s one constant in healthcare: change. Count on us to break down the trends so you can stay up to date. Follow our take on each piece of this deep, intertwined, and often perplexing industry to find opportunities and practical approaches to move healthcare forward.

USPSTF Revisits Controversial Mammography Screening Recommendations

On Nov. 14, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft research plan for Public Comment on "Screening for Breast Cancer," which intends to re-evaluate the effectiveness of routine mammography screening in women age 40 and older.

Avalere Analysis: State-Based Exchanges Average 3 Percent of Expected Enrollment

An analysis from Avalere Health finds that 12 state-based exchanges1 have enrolled about 3 percent of their expected 2014 exchange participants. Together, the 12 states have enrolled 49,100 people in exchanges based on data released by the states, as of Nov. 10. By the end of 2014, Avalere projects these states will account for 1.4 million exchange enrollees.

CMS Publishes Final Program Integrity Rule

On Oct. 24, CMS released its final program integrity standards rule, detailing: advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTCs) and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs); the premium stabilization programs; issuers offering coverage in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace; and standards for enrollee satisfaction survey vendors.

HHS: Exchange Plans Not Federal Programs

On Oct. 30, HHS sent a letter to Rep. McDermott, R-Wash., indicating that it does not consider qualified health plans (QHPs) purchased through insurance exchanges to be federal healthcare programs.

FDA’s Statement on Proposed Hydrocodone Reclassification

On October 24, Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at FDA, issued a statement indicating the Agency's intent to recommend reclassifying hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II products.

Analysis: Number of Plans with High Star Ratings Will Increase in 2014

The share of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans with a star rating of 4 stars or higher in 2014 (43 percent) will increase substantially relative to 2013 (27 percent) according to a new Avalere Health analysis of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently released data on 2014 plan quality performance.

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