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2019 Health Law & Policy Report

2019 Health Law & Policy Report: Hope for Health Care Change – Despite Political Paralysis

As the health care industry reaches an inflection point after years of turmoil, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman surveyed 222 health care executives from across the United States to analyze the most pressing legal, policy and business issues.

Survey respondents told us that despite growing political dysfunction, sweeping changes are coming to U.S. health care in the coming years – maybe even in the next two. At the top of the list of areas for reform is prescription drug pricing, which respondents believe will be a primary focus at both the federal and state levels, at least for the remainder of President Trump’s first term. Survey respondents are also keenly watching the consequences of the country’s opioid crisis. More than two thirds said last year’s passage of HR 6, which targets substance abuse and opioid recovery, presents a challenge in serving patients with chronic pain. States are moving quickly on health care issues too and those actions mirror survey data: 79 percent of respondents said they expect some form of Medicaid expansion at the state level, compared with 59 percent who expect similar change at the federal level. Notably, no significant percentage predicted Medicare-for-All or universal health care coverage would be enacted.

We released the results in concert with the firm’s first annual National Symposium on Health Law and Policy. Click here to obtain a complimentary copy of the report.

Leading up to the Symposium, we spoke to a few of the featured speakers to get their take on the major issues that are impacting the health care industry.  For a sneak peek at the insights you can expect to find in the report, please see below. 

Don Crane – President and CEO, America’s Physician Groups [read here]
Keith Fontenot – Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy, America's Health Insurance Plans [read here]
Mark Parkinson – President and CEO, American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living [read here]

View the Survey Press Release

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