Report: Low hospital spending and price growth continues

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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

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

Altarum: Health care price growth at historic low

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Health care prices grew 1% year-over-year in September, matching the multi-decade low hit in August 2013, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. The 12-month moving average dropped to 1.2% growth, tying the all-time low for Altarum’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, workforce

Hospital prices fall 0.2% in September

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Overall hospital prices declined 0.2% in September and were only 0.7% higher than a year ago (which represents a historical low since 1998), according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for the subgroup of general medical and surgical hospitals declined 0.2% in September, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: price

Altarum: Health sector spending moderates, jobs reach new high

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Health care spending continued to moderate in August at 5.6% growth year-over-year, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Prescription drug prices rose 4.7%, continuing to far outpace any other health care category. Prices for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, price, workforce

Altarum: Health sector spending moderates; jobs surge in 2015, led by hospital hiring

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Health care spending growth continued to moderate in July, falling to 5.6% year-over-year, according to the latest Economic Indicators from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Prescription drug prices rose 4.4%, continuing to far outpace any other health care category. Prices for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, workforce

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