CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

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Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

With eye on Senate calendar, field rallies around 'hospital' bill

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Hospitals with different issues and concerns find something they like in the House-passed Helping Hospitals to Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273 – and hope the Senate will make consideration of the bill a priority. But an abbreviated election-year legislative calendar could possibly push any Senate... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, advocacy

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

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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

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

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The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Sensible Reimbursement

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Patients who go to hospital outpatient departments for care have different needs than those who go to their physicians’ offices. To reimburse hospitals the same amount as physicians’ offices would make no sense – but this kind of mixing-apples-with-oranges approach is just what some in Washington, D.C.,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, access

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