Nick Hut

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Better integration with primary care can help address the ongoing mental health and addiction crisis, report finds

Enhanced network adequacy standards, value-based payment models and targeted investments in technology are vital to improving behavioral healthcare in a way that will meet escalating needs.

Array April 5, 2021

Updated FEMA guidance notes availability of monetary assistance for COVID-19 vaccination activities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued updated guidance on medical care and associated costs for which monetary assistance is available during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Array April 2, 2021

HHS should ensure 340B hospitals remain eligible despite changes in payer mix, AHA says

Hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program could lose access due to payer mix changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic unless HHS issues a waiver.

Array April 1, 2021

NFP hospital profitability plummeted in 2020 despite expense mitigation strategies, Moody’s reports

Profits were down in the not-for-profit and public healthcare sector in FY20, but management strategies helped to increase liquidity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Array March 30, 2021

News briefs: The new COVID-19 relief legislation could result in a big Medicare payment cut

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law March 11, could lead to a significant reduction in Medicare revenues if Congress does not act.

Array March 30, 2021

Survey responses provide snapshot of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital finances

A government-issued report used survey responses from hospital administrators to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals in various aspects, including finances.

Array March 30, 2021

Congressional hearing showcases the divergence in the two parties’ views on how to improve U.S. healthcare

One witness at a hearing of a House subcommittee touted price transparency as an essential tool for addressing healthcare costs.

Array March 27, 2021

Health system leaders state their case for prolonging the moratorium on the Medicare payment sequester

Hospitals and health systems urgently need Congress to extend the freeze on the 2% Medicare payment sequester, industry leaders said.

Array March 25, 2021

HHS delays implementation of rule requiring FQHCs to provide insulin, epinephrine at 340B prices

HHS has postponed a Trump administration regulation that would require federally qualified health centers to make certain drugs more affordable for low-income patients and will consider whether to withdraw the rule altogether.

Array March 24, 2021

Site-neutral payments could reduce healthcare spending by at least $350 billion over 10 years, report finds

If site-neutral payments were implemented throughout healthcare, the reduction in expenditures could total as much as $672 billion over a decade, according to a new report.

Array March 22, 2021