Price Transparency

CMS finalizes enhanced hospital price transparency requirements for 2024

Hospital price transparency mandates are set to become more stringent in the coming year as CMS seeks to strengthen regulations that have been on the books since 2021. Medicare’s 2024 final rule for hospital outpatient payments includes updates to the price transparency rules. Hospitals will need to post charge information using a more precise template,…

Nick Hut November 9, 2023

Medicaid DSH payment cut barely averted as House, Senate pass short-term federal funding

Hospitals received a last-day reprieve from substantial cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, with House leaders reversing course Sept. 30 and ushering through a six-week government funding package. Language in the bill ensures a four-year, $32 billion Medicaid DSH cut will not take effect before Nov. 17. Most importantly, the bill bought time…

Nick Hut October 4, 2023

Update: Medicaid DSH payment cut averted as House, Senate pass short-term federal funding

Note: The headline and lead section of this article were updated Oct. 1 with news of a six-week government funding extension that delays the Medicaid DSH cuts and pays for other healthcare programs. The article originally was published Sept. 28 under the headline, “An $8 billion Medicaid DSH cut is closer to happening as a…

Nick Hut October 1, 2023

Patient Rights Advocate continues to misinterpret price transparency data with latest report

Once again, Patient Rights Advocate (PRA) has issued a report that misrepresents compliance with CMS price transparency regulations. (Read my March blog about a previous PRA report here.) PRA’s most recent “Hospital Price Transparency Compliance Report,” published in July, examines websites of 2,000 U.S. hospitals. Its findings were that only 36% of those hospitals fully…

Shawn Stack September 14, 2023

Legislation to enhance healthcare pricing and billing transparency takes a big step forward in the House

A slew of provisions on healthcare transparency took a step closer to becoming federal law as three House committees last week merged separate bills into a single draft. The resulting bill is just about set for consideration by the full House, where bipartisan support for the major provisions was apparent in the committee phase. The…

Nick Hut September 14, 2023

The future of healthcare transparency, with Nick Hut and Andrew Donahue

HFMA Senior Editor Nick Hut and HFMA Policy Director Andrew Donohue discuss legislative action that could affect transparency efforts in healthcare.

Erika Grotto August 31, 2023

News Briefs: Hospitals foresee adverse impacts from the FY24 inpatient payment rule

The FY24 final rule for Medicare inpatient payments didn’t bring hospitals the type of rate update they had sought, and for some organizations, a bigger concern is changes to uncompensated care (UC) payments. The regulations, which take effect Oct. 1, establish a 3.1% increase in operating payment rates, on average, for hospitals that meet quality-reporting…

Nick Hut August 30, 2023

Leverage healthcare price transparency data to promote financial sustainability

Healthcare organizations are encouraged to review strategies and how to collaborate with payers, among other insights in this article, in order to grow healthcare consumer trust, engagement and retention.

HFMA August 28, 2023

In proposed regulations, CMS seeks to strengthen hospital price transparency requirements

Hospital price transparency regulations are undergoing changes heading into their fourth year as CMS seeks to step up enforcement while making compliance more straightforward. As part of the 2024 proposed rule for hospital outpatient payments, CMS is adding to the requirement for hospitals to maintain a machine-readable file of their charges for services. In addition,…

Nick Hut July 17, 2023

Annual Conference: How Mayo Clinic establishes the mindset and processes that foster innovation

Hospitals and health systems must adapt their practices using an innovator’s mindset to keep up with the change sweeping the industry, according to a presentation this week at HFMA’s Annual Conference. “Innovation, at this point in our industry’s landscape, is pretty critical,” said Praveen Mekala, enterprise division chair with Mayo Clinic, referring to the problems…

Nick Hut June 29, 2023
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