CMS Considering Overhaul of Hospital Wage Index

Nov. 27—The Trump administration is mulling changes to the Medicare hospital wage index system, including the creation of a commuting-based wage index, according to federal officials.

Rich Daly November 28, 2018

Lessons from a BCBS Plan’s Plunge into Value-Based Payment

Nov. 26—Commercial insurers—and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, in particular—have been shy about moving into value-based payment (VBP). But one southwestern insurer’s experience may help change that.

Rich Daly November 27, 2018

Some Regulatory Reduction Plans Draw Hospital Concerns

Nov. 20—Some of the latest regulatory rule changes aimed at reducing provider burdens have drawn hospital opposition.

Rich Daly November 21, 2018

Hospitals Lead Healthcare Price Growth Plunge

Nov. 19—An unusual slump in hospital price increases—especially among commercial health plans—has pulled down overall healthcare price increases, according to a recent analysis. 

Rich Daly November 20, 2018

Impacts Expected from 2019 Transparency Requirements

Nov. 16—Healthcare executives expect widely divergent impacts from the unprecedented transparency on charges that hospitals are required to implement within six weeks.

Rich Daly November 19, 2018

Nov. 19-23: Social-Need Funding Coming in CMS Models

Nov. 15—New federal payment models in the coming weeks and months will include funding to address the social determinants of health, says the government’s healthcare leader.

Rich Daly November 15, 2018

Hospitals Face Business Impacts from Healthcare Innovators

Nov. 14—Hospitals are facing a range of business impacts from innovative partnerships and approaches that have been launched in recent months and years, according to industry analysts.

Rich Daly November 15, 2018

Number of Top-Scoring Hospitals in Patient Safety Increases

Nov. 12—The share of hospitals earning the highest patient safety grades increased in the latest scorecard from a national organization.

Rich Daly November 13, 2018

What Healthcare Policies Will the Election Produce?

Nov. 9—A divided Congress may be a recipe for overall gridlock, but some healthcare policy watchers see hope for action in certain areas.

Rich Daly November 12, 2018

Nov. 12-16: ‘Mandatory Models Are Going to See a Comeback,’ Azar Says

Nov. 8—As payers prepare to gather for value-based payment discussions in Washington, D.C., next week, the administration’s healthcare leader warned the sector to prepare for mandatory models.

Rich Daly November 8, 2018
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