Compared to the commotion surrounding other Trump administration nominees, Seema Verma's confirmation hearing passed by last Thursday with relatively little controversy. Despite the low level of coverage, understanding the contents of this hearing is imperative for predicting the next few years in American health care. As the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma will shape the future of health care for 34% of Americans. 
Medicare for all?
"We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” President-elect Donald Trump told the Washington Post in an interview over the weekend. "I don’t want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people.” So while we hear of Affordable Care Act (ACA, sometimes called Obamacare) repeal during the first 100 days of the administration, it sounds as if new programs must be quickly in the works to meet his mandate. “ The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen,” Trump continued, giving further emphasis to his push (and probably tweets) behind this initiative.
In recent years, the medical industry has seen a host of initiatives for improving the delivery of value-based care, but perhaps the fastest growing of these is the bundled payment model. CMS has received both praise and criticism for their enthusiastic approach to bundles, but regardless, payment models are clearly changing and providers must stay informed if they want to reap the benefits of these changes.