Report: Low hospital spending and price growth continues

AHA News Now

National spending for hospital care grew just 1.9% over the 12 months that ended in September, the lowest rate since September 2011, according to the latest report from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. The report also notes a low rate of hospital employment growth for 2017.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, workforce

AHA, others urge Congress to fund CSR payments

AHA News Now

The AHA and seven other national organizations this weekend urged congressional leaders to “take action now to fund cost-sharing reduction benefits for the millions of Americans who depend on this critical program.” The White House announced last week that it will stop making CSR payments to health... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: price

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

AHA voices support for health care cost transparency bill

AHA News Now

The AHA today expressed support for the Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act (H.R. 5547), bipartisan legislation that would promote cost transparency for health care consumers. “Consumers deserve meaningful information about the price of their hospital care, and hospital leaders are as committed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, transparency

Changing 340B is the wrong prescription for addressing skyrocketing pharmaceutical costs

Blog

The rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs is causing significant financial challenges for patients and their care providers.

Many groups, including the AHA, are evaluating options for addressing this important issue. However, one recent proposal, which is seriously misguided, would reduce a program... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

Blog

A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination

Stop Unsustainable Drug Prices

Blog

Today’s New York Times provides arguments from drug companies justifying the excessive jump in pharmaceutical prices in recent years, saying the higher prices won’t impact patients. 

Hospitals’ top priority is providing patients with safe and effective care, but the skyrocketing costs of pharmaceuticals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: access, price, drug prices

Former HCFA head takes aim at study linking hospital markets, prices

AHA News Now

In a commentary last week in Modern Healthcare, Bruce Vladeck, former head of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), took aim at a recent study claiming to find a relationship between hospital market concentration and commercial prices. Noting that the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: price

AHASTAT blog: Flawed paper attempts to link hospital concentration, prices

AHA News Now

An AHASTAT blog post today takes issue with a recent report that attempts to link hospital prices and concentration based on commercial claims data from just three insurance companies, including one with only 30% of its enrollment mix in commercial products. “The paper is badly flawed and the assertions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, price

Flawed Paper Attempts to Link Hospital Concentration and Price

Blog

A report released last month used commercial claims data from United Healthcare (United), Aetna and Humana to reach a number conclusions about hospital prices and concentration. The paper is badly flawed and the assertions made about hospital market structure and prices, in particular, should be viewed as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: price

Keyword Search

Date