Hospitals Plan Responses to Rising Uninsured Rates

Dec. 14—New data showing that the number of uninsured increased in 2017 for the first time since 2010 have left hospitals to find responses to protect their finances.

Rich Daly December 17, 2018

Dec. 17-21: Report Highlights Savings of Existing Medicare ACOs

Dec. 13—As the Trump administration considers a controversial overhaul of Medicare’s accountable care organization (ACO) program, a new report says the existing model has provided much more savings than previously found.

Rich Daly December 14, 2018

Hospital Medicare Margins Decline Further

Dec. 7—Hospitals’ overall Medicare margins deteriorated to -9.9 percent in 2017, according to an analysis by Congress’s primary advisory group.

Rich Daly December 10, 2018

Dec. 10-14: Overall Healthcare Spending Increases Continue to Slow

Dec. 6—Federal actuaries identified slower-than-projected nationwide healthcare spending growth in 2017, driven in part by reduced use of outpatient services.

Rich Daly December 7, 2018

Hospitals Sue over $380 Million OPPS Cut

Dec. 5—Several hospitals and advocacy groups filed suit this week to stop a finalized Medicare payment change that would cut 2019 outpatient payments by an estimated $380 million.

Rich Daly December 6, 2018

Trump Administration’s Plan to Boost Choice, Competition Draws Hospital Concerns

Dec. 4—An expansion of site-neutral payments, support for physician-owned hospitals, and changes to graduate medical education (GME) were among the newly revealed Trump administration priorities that drew early hospital opposition.

Rich Daly December 5, 2018

Long-Delayed 340B Rule Takes Effect in January

Nov. 30—A highly anticipated rule to require better drug company compliance with a major discount drug program will go into effect Jan. 1—following multiple delays.

Rich Daly December 4, 2018

Dec. 3-7: Hospitals Expected to Face Growing Margin Pressure

Nov. 29—Policymakers in Washington, D.C., next week will focus on hospitals' Medicare margins, as one rating agency warns government- and consumer-driven margin pressure will increase.

Rich Daly November 29, 2018

Surprise Medical Bills, Direct Primary Care Gain Senate Attention

Nov. 28—Senators said they will push legislation to limit surprise medical bills and to support direct primary care as part of congressional efforts to control rising healthcare costs.

Rich Daly November 29, 2018

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
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