Sept 30-Oct. 5: ACA Premiums to Decline for First Time

Sept. 27—Final premium rates for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are expected to keep rolling in next week, even as the Trump administration is anticipating a historic first.

Rich Daly September 28, 2018

Rural Hospitals Push Congress to Address Key Financial Issue

Sept. 26—Amid rising concern in Congress over rural hospital failures, some stakeholders are renewing their push for a long-sought Medicare payment change that was described during a recent hearing as “one of the single most important” financial fixes for those organizations.

Rich Daly September 27, 2018

Site-Neutral Payment Reduction Leads Hospital OPPS Concerns

Sept. 25—Among reactions to a range of thorny policy proposals, hospital advocates are urging Medicare to withdraw a $760 million payment cut for outpatient services.

Rich Daly September 26, 2018

Fitch Maintains Negative Outlook for NFP Hospitals

Sept. 24—Not-for-profit hospitals’ operating profitability appears to have peaked two years ago, a rating agency concluded, as it maintained a negative outlook for the sector.

Rich Daly September 25, 2018

Value-Based Payment for Physicians Stays Flat: Survey

Sept. 21—The share of physician compensation tied to value-based payment metrics has remained stuck below 15 percent, according to a recent national physician survey.

Rich Daly September 24, 2018

Sept. 24-28: Hospitals Draw Federal Cost-Reduction Focus

Sept. 20—Congress plans to discuss ways to reduce healthcare costs with an executive from the nation’s largest hospital company next week. Looming in the background will be planned administration actions on provider spending.

Rich Daly September 21, 2018

Legislation on Surprise Billing Targets Insurers

Sept. 18—Following a recent survey that found the general public blames insurers for unexpected healthcare bills, high-profile draft legislation that would primarily target payers was offered this week.

Rich Daly September 19, 2018

$1.1 Billion in Provider Regulatory Relief Proposed

Sept. 17—A large portion of the $1.1 billion in ongoing annual regulatory relief proposed this week for providers would come from lower costs for hospital outpatient departments.

Rich Daly September 18, 2018

Mandatory Bundle Gets Early Positive Results

Sept. 14—Hospitals in Medicare’s first mandatory bundled payment model succeeded in cutting Medicare gross spending in their first year, according to a new analysis. The results come as Trump administration executives say they plan to introduce more mandatory models.

Rich Daly September 17, 2018

Sept. 17-21: Transparency Garnering Increased Attention

Sept. 13—The Senate will undertake a review of price transparency in health care next week, shortly after hospital advocates urged caution in Medicare’s transparency push.

Rich Daly September 14, 2018
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