HHS announces pilot project on optimizing administrative simplification standards

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking health plan and clearinghouse volunteers to participate in an HHS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act administrative simplification optimization project pilot. Volunteers will undergo reviews of their transactions for compliance with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

Making Progress on Regulatory Relief

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The sheer volume of regulations on the books and the scope of change required in meeting them are outstripping the hospital field’s ability to absorb them. Fortunately, there has been growing recognition of this fact from the Administration and those on Capitol Hill, along with some measurable... read more

Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

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Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

Coalition releases prior authorization principles to facilitate patient access to care

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The American Medical Association and 16 other health care organizations, including the AHA, today released a set of 21 principles for ensuring that prior authorization requirements do not hinder patient access to care. Members of the coalition – which includes representatives from hospitals, medical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, administrative simplification

Report: Administrative simplification standards could save $9.4 billion a year

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U.S. health care providers could save more than $7.9 billion annually and at least 1.1 million labor hours per week if commercial health plans fully adopted seven national standards for electronic business transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Health plans could save an estimated $1.4... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, administrative simplification

CAQH webinar tomorrow on progress toward administrative simplification

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The Council for Affordable and Quality Healthcare will share updated data on administrative cost savings from reducing manual business transactions during a webinar tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here. For more on the benefits of administrative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

AHA offers Trump suggestions for reducing regulatory burden on hospitals, patients

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The AHA today thanked President-elect Trump for his interest and commitment to addressing regulatory reform, and suggested 33 actions the incoming administration could take immediately to reduce the burdens on hospitals and the patients they serve. “Reducing administrative complexity in health care would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Study: Physicians spend nearly twice as much time on EHR/desk work as patients

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Physicians spent 27% of their office day on direct clinical face time with patients and 49% of their time on electronic health records and desk work, according to a study by the American Medical Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, administrative simplification

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