A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2016

Topics: Politics and Policy, Federal Government, Insurance, Health Care Reform, Electronic Health Records, Meaningful Use, Public Health, Emergency Response

American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the emergence of the Zika virus and the future of the meaningful use program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Below, we round up American Health Line's top five must-read Analysis & Insight pieces.

  1. What MACRA means for meaningful use -- May 18

    Shortly after CMS unveiled its proposal for implementing value-based payment programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, American Health Line spoke with industry stakeholders to shed some light on how the proposed rule could affect the future of the meaningful use program. Experts said the biggest changes would come from one of CMS' Merit-based Incentive Payment System overall score categories.


  2. Zika is coming to the US. Don't panic; become an expert. -- May 31

    American Health Line chatted with public health experts to provide you with everything you needed to know about the virus. At least one prediction came true: Local transmission of the virus occurred in the United States. See what else the experts foresaw.


  3. Is a popular ACA provision straining the exchange markets? -- June 21

    American Health Line this summer examined how the Affordable Care Act influences young adult enrollment and whether it could be contributing to an exchange population that is too old and too sick to form a stable market. One analyst made a strong case that a bipartisan provision could be holding the exchange markets back.   


  4. What a 'backdoor' to encrypted devices would mean for health data security-- April 5

    Earlier this year, FBI and Apple dueled over access rights to encrypted iPhones. American Health Line looked at the surprising outcome of that legal battle and the implications for the security of individuals' health data on their smartphones. If you store health data on a treasured iPhone app, this is worth a thorough read.


  5. Could a public option health plan replace the ACA's faltering co-ops? -- September 8

    In the wake of yet another failed cooperative (co-op) health plan, American Health Line asked the experts whether a public option health plan could achieve the co-ops' goals of lowering prices and providing a check on large insurers. The short answer: Lots of obstacles stand in the way. See what would need to be overcome for such a plan to be implemented.

-- compiled by American Health Line's editorial team