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March 5-9 Policy Watch: Consumerism, Individual Costs Garner More Attention

March 1—The increasing importance of consumerism and healthcare costs for the individual will dominate provider and health plan meetings across the country next week.

Rich Daly March 1, 2018

Should Hospitals Fear the Amazon-Berkshire-JP Morgan Entity?

Feb. 28—Although little is yet clear about the high-profile collaboration between three innovative companies, hospitals could see a range of impacts, industry watchers say.

Rich Daly March 1, 2018

CVS-Aetna Deal Targets Hospital Utilization for Savings

Feb. 27—Executives at CVS Health and Aetna told Congress this week that the merged entity they propose to create will look to garner savings from reduced hospital use.

Rich Daly February 28, 2018

‘Business as Usual’ in FTC Hospital Deal Enforcement, Former Official Says

Feb. 26—Despite an expected continuation of record hospital merger-and-acquisition deal volume, and warnings from the Trump administration, a former law enforcement leader said antitrust enforcement is not expected to change in 2018.

Rich Daly February 27, 2018

Governors Push Value-Based Pay Shift to Control Costs

Feb. 22—A bipartisan group of governors urged a range of steps by federal, state, and private payers to spur the shift to value-based payment and help control spiraling healthcare costs.

Rich Daly February 26, 2018

Feb. 22—Congress will take a look this week at one of the new breed of mergers that are shaking up the healthcare industry.

Feb. 22—Congress will take a look this week at one of the new breed of mergers that are shaking up the healthcare industry.

Rich Daly February 22, 2018

Congress Weighs Responses to Hospital M&A

Feb. 15—Reduced Medicare payments to practices acquired by hospitals, tightened 340B requirements, more telemedicine funding, and increased transparency were among the possible federal responses to hospital merger-and-acquisition (M&A) trends, as discussed this week by members of Congress.

Rich Daly February 15, 2018

Do Medical Credit Cards Make Sense for Providers?

Feb. 14—Can so-called medical credit cards help hospitals address growing bad debt challenges? 

Cheryl V. Jackson February 14, 2018

Hospital Cuts in Trump Budget Called ‘Troubling’

Feb. 13—Adverse impacts from federal spending cuts were just one type of concern that hospital advocates raised this week about the Trump administration’s proposed budget.

Rich Daly February 13, 2018

Title: 2018 ACA Marketplace Plan Selections Reach 97 Percent of 2017 Total

Feb. 7—Nationwide plan selections in government-run individual-insurance marketplaces reached 11.8 million during open enrollment for 2018, according to outside analysts.

Rich Daly February 8, 2018
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