News Briefs: Hospital labor costs rose by almost 40% between 2019 and early 2022

As published in hfm magazine, a monthly roundup of top news for healthcare finance professionals.

Nick Hut May 27, 2022

10 states file lawsuit to halt CMS’s new rule requiring healthcare staff to be vaccinated

The suit says CMS didn’t have a good rationale for implementing the mandate and failed to follow required procedures for handing down such regulations.

Nick Hut December 1, 2021

Provider Relief Fund updates: First reporting deadline is imminent, and new distributions have been sent to rural providers

Providers have until Nov. 30 to report on their use of distributions received from the Provider Relief Fund during the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nick Hut November 24, 2021

The Provider Relief Fund distribution formula may have left some higher-need hospitals at a disadvantage, study finds

Critical access hospitals generally received lower allocations from a targeted distribution pool compared with hospitals that had a better asset mix.

Nick Hut October 28, 2021

Hospital groups urge changes to Provider Relief Fund distribution and reporting processes

HHS should send out the upcoming Provider Relief Fund distribution as quickly as possible and offer flexibility in the ongoing reporting process, hospital groups said.

Nick Hut September 30, 2021

Recipients of COVID-19 vaccine boosters won’t have to pay anything out of pocket, CMS confirms

Medicare beneficiaries will owe nothing out of pocket for receiving an authorized booster dose, and the same applies to almost all Medicaid beneficiaries and most commercial health plan members.

Nick Hut September 26, 2021

The hospital industry is projected to finish 2021 with a $54 billion loss, report finds

The financial turmoil that has affected hospitals and health systems throughout the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be alleviated during the remainder of this year, according to projections.

Nick Hut September 21, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination of staff now a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid, CMS announces

In a major expansion of COVID-19 vaccine requirements, the Biden administration announced Sept. 9 that all staff working at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities must receive the vaccine.

Nick Hut September 9, 2021

Most health plans have stopped waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments, report finds

Researchers with the Kaiser Family Foundation said more and more people likely will receive “significant medical bills” for COVID-19-related care.

Nick Hut August 21, 2021

The Provider Relief Fund portal is now open: Providers can successfully navigate the PRF reporting process with these tips

Best practices can help providers navigate the Provider Relief Fund reporting process and related audit requirements.

Norman Mosrie August 10, 2021
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