It's been some time since I last wrote a column. A three-and-a-half week trip to India did not help matters. But before I was on my hiatus I was honestly starting to think that there was not much left to write about in the health care industry. After all, everything that could be written about ICD-10 was already written--and then some. Health insurance exchanges were almost as hot as the background gamma radiation spreading across the universe, and writing about mandated exchanges (yes, somebody coined the word “HIX” for them, finally) was sure to invite the wrath of someone, depending upon which side of the fence they stood. So basically, unless you wanted to write about a topic as exciting as “claim pend rules,” you were pretty much done.
I guess I should have had more faith in our industry. I came back State-side and lo and behold there is a whole new can of worms opening up. First thing I read on my return is that grants worth $241 million had been doled out to seven states as early innovators of HIX. Wow! Close to a quarter-billion to figure out the best approach to adopt exchanges geared toward the less fortunate … one doesn’t need to go far to see the irony there. That’s a topic for a later date (at least one silver lining I can see is that my writer’s block is gone).
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