Hospital prices increasingly are coming under a microscope

Newly issued reports and policy recommendations are examining hospital prices in the context of high healthcare costs.

Nick Hut May 20, 2022

Healthcare pricing update: 2 experts call for greater regulation

Recent price increases have been slower in healthcare than in the economy at large, but two healthcare economists say the long-term price trends should be addressed through regulation.

Nick Hut March 12, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Americans living in rural areas face an increased risk of death, in part due to issues with healthcare access, says a new infographic

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Issues with healthcare access contribute to an increased risk of death for rural residents, many workers struggle to pay for healthcare deductibles, and hospital and physician office markups on certain drugs escalate consumer costs.

Deborah Filipek March 4, 2022

340B advocacy group releases survey results showing the financial toll of drug manufacturers’ curbs on discounts

Among hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, a new report finds that steps taken by drug manufacturers to restrict discounts have had a significant impact.

Nick Hut February 2, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: McKinsey analyzes a range of scenarios based on the infectiousness, immune evasion and severity of disease linked to the omicron variant

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: An in-depth analysis looked at what the U.S. can expect with the onslaught of the omicron variant, CMS rescinded a drug pricing model, and total healthcare utilization in 2020 dipped below 2019 levels.

Deborah Filipek January 28, 2022

Studies find glaring issues with federal price transparency requirements

The first year of federal price transparency regulations for hospitals hasn’t had high rates of compliance, nor has it consistently led to actionable information for consumers, according to two new studies.

Nick Hut December 21, 2021

2 new studies illustrate the burden of healthcare costs in the pandemic era

An annual report by CMS actuaries quantified the extent to which healthcare costs accelerated during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, while a separate survey looked at affordability.

Nick Hut December 20, 2021

Additional requirements are needed to make healthcare price transparency worthwhile, report states

Updates to price transparency regulations should address compliance and formatting and incorporate new data elements.

Nick Hut November 4, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: U.S. will be short 3.2 million lower-wage healthcare workers within 5 years, says Mercer

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Shortages of lower-wage healthcare workers, nurses, physicians and mental health staff are expected, PHI security and burnout are of concern to most healthcare professionals, and the pandemic is expected to affect health insurance rates.

Deborah Filipek October 8, 2021

Healthcare price transparency initiatives may fall flat due to systemic factors, expert says

Niall Brennan, a leading expert on healthcare cost drivers, is among the skeptics who doubt the ongoing price transparency push can result in a more efficient system.

Nick Hut September 23, 2021
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