Azar Pledges ‘Ending’ Surprise Medical Bills

Feb. 4—The lead federal healthcare official pledged Monday to stop surprise medical bills—one of the few healthcare issues garnering bipartisan support in Congress.

Rich Daly February 5, 2019

Hospitals Look to Move Beyond Charge-Listing Requirement

Feb. 1—Publicity has surged around the new federal requirement for hospitals to post charges online. But some hospitals have managed to exceed that mandate in ways that provide more effective price transparency.

Rich Daly February 4, 2019

Feb 4-8: CMS Developing ESRD, Cancer Models

Jan. 31—Federal changes coming in 2019 to healthcare payment models slowly emerged this week, as federal healthcare leaders prepare to address a national policy meeting in Washington D.C.

Rich Daly February 1, 2019

Anti-Fraud Overhaul ‘Sprint’ Coming

Jan. 30—In 2019, the Trump administration plans to implement regulatory overhauls of several administrative barriers to the proliferation of value-based payment, according to a senior administration official.

Rich Daly January 31, 2019

Provider Payments Among Drug Costs Targeted by Congress

Jan. 29—Two provider payment systems were highlighted by members of Congress this week as areas in which policy changes are needed to control drug costs.

Rich Daly January 30, 2019

Health Plan, Practices Focus on Care Overuse

Jan. 25—Although cost and quality are common features of value-based payment, a less common component is ensuring the provision of appropriate care.

Rich Daly January 28, 2019

Jan. 28- Feb. 1: Promising Early Results from Integrating Mental, Physical Health

Jan. 24—Healthcare payers and providers have found good clinical outcomes from pilots that integrate mental health care, but financial analyses remain unfinished.

Rich Daly January 24, 2019

Uninsured Rate Highest Since 2014: Survey

Jan. 23—The uninsured rate rose in fourth quarter of 2018 to its highest level since the first year of the coverage expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Gallup survey.

Rich Daly January 24, 2019

Medicare Expands Value Pay in MA and Part D Plans

Jan. 21—Medicare is expanding its value-based insurance design (VBID) model and creating a new drug plan model.

Rich Daly January 23, 2019

Missing, Lagging Charges Lead Provider Revenue Concerns

Jan. 18—Provider organizations’ leading challenges in the revenue cycle are missing and lagging charges, according to a new survey.

Rich Daly January 21, 2019
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