MedPAC discusses draft payment recommendations for January

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission this week discussed several draft recommendations for Congress, which it could vote on in January. The proposals would make recommendations to increase payment rates for hospital inpatient and outpatient services by 1.25% in 2019; eliminate the 2019 and 2020... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, home health

Health system shares lessons from MACRA journey in AHA-ASA podcast series

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In a new AHA podcast series produced with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, hospital and clinician leaders from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit talk with AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., about their journey to prepare for data collection and payment changes under the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Your Voice Is Critical As Congress Wraps Up

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Once again we are facing a year-end legislative traffic jam. 

As early as next week, Congress could vote on a final tax reform bill. The House and Senate have each passed different versions, and now both houses have appointed conferees to shape the final bill. Now is the time to contact your legislators,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, access, bonds

Senators call for preventing 340B cuts in year-end package

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A bipartisan group of six senators yesterday urged Senate leadership to include in a year-end package, legislation that would prevent a dramatic reduction in Medicare Part B payments for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B drug savings program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare

CMS: National health spending growth slows to 4.3% in 2016

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U.S. spending on health care grew 4.3% in 2016, down from 5.8% in 2015, primarily due to slower growth in spending for retail prescription drugs, hospital care, and physician and clinical services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today in Health Affairs. Spending growth slowed for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Moody's revises nonprofit health care outlook to negative

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Moody’s Investors Service yesterday revised its outlook for the nonprofit health care sector to negative from stable, projecting a continued decline in cash flow through 2018. “Revenue growth is under pressure because of very low reimbursement rate increases, an ongoing rise in government payers and a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, bonds

AHA comments on certain MedPAC proposals for EDs, post-acute care

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The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, emergency care

Much at Stake as Congress Completes Work for the Year

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Health care has been the top issue in Congress all year, and December is shaping up to be no different. The tax reform bills working their way through Congress could mean major changes for America’s hospitals and health systems.

Because each house will likely pass different versions of tax reform, they... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS to issue MLN Connects notification on Worksheet S-10

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week is expected to release in its MLN Connects newsletter a notification requesting that hospitals review Worksheet S-10 data to ensure cost reports pass all recent edits. On Sept. 29, CMS released Transmittal 11, which modified the application of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, Coverage

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