Amid Clashes, Senators See Bipartisanship on Transparency

June 20—Members of Congress remain deeply divided over health insurance approaches but see a path to bipartisan agreement on transparency.

Rich Daly June 21, 2018

Rejecting Hospital Concerns, Administration Expands Association Plans

June 19—Despite calls from major hospital groups to drop a proposed expansion of association health plans (AHPs), the Trump administration has finalized those rules.

Rich Daly June 20, 2018

Prospective Bundles, Downside Risk Models Trending: Survey

June 18—The prevalence of prospective bundled payment and downside risk among payment models offered by private health insurers surprised a sponsor of a new national survey.

Rich Daly June 19, 2018

Hospital Concerns Push CMS Time Out on Star Ratings

June 15—The stars and the data didn’t align for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which said this week that it was postponing its scheduled July update to the agency’s star ratings for some 4,000 hospitals nationwide.

David Burda June 15, 2018

June 18-22: Congress to Review 340B Oversight

June 14—Members of a congressional panel will dive into ways to change the regulatory oversight of a major discount drug program, including steps that could have big hospital impacts.

Rich Daly June 14, 2018

Likely Government Responses to Hospital M&A Trends

June 14—Ongoing hospital merger-and-acquisition (M&A) trends may soon spawn more state and federal actions beyond antitrust enforcement, longtime policy advisers say.

Rich Daly June 14, 2018

Are MACRA Changes Coming?

June 13—The growing criticism of Medicare’s new physician payment system has produced calls for Congress to overhaul it. And some policy experts expect changes.

Rich Daly June 14, 2018

Health Plan-Provider Insurance Partnerships Pick Up Speed

June 11—The year of the crossover healthcare deal shows no signs of slowing down with the release of new figures that point to a record number of new health insurer-provider sponsored insurance products in 2018.

David Burda June 11, 2018

99 Percent of Physicians Who Seek APM Bonus Qualify for It

June 8—Ninety-nine percent of the 100,000 physicians who applied for the advanced alternative payment model bonus in the first available year qualified for it, according to a Medicare executive.

Rich Daly June 8, 2018

June 11-15: HHS Secretary to Detail Drug Plan

June 7—Members of Congress next week will press the federal government’s healthcare leader on the Trump administration’s new initiative to control drug costs.

Rich Daly June 7, 2018
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