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In the states: DC hospital closes after 158 years, Vermont stops approving new AHPs, and more

May 3, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

The risks (and opportunities) of a single-payer health system, according to CBO

May 2, 2019


Transitioning the United States to a single-payer, government-run health care system would be "complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive," but could lead to universal coverage and a more efficient health system, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

Inside the first congressional hearing on 'Medicare for All' in 10 years

May 1, 2019


During a House Committee on Rules hearing Tuesday, health care experts shared how they would approach implementing so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals and discussed the potential costs of moving the United States to a single-payer, government-run health system.

The 10-year feud between UPMC and Highmark is coming to a head—and it could have national implications

May 1, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court next month will hear arguments on the state's efforts to force UPMC and Highmark Health to extend their contracts, in the latest development in "one of the fiercest health care fights in the country," according to Fortune.

Hospital finances are starting to stabilize, Moody's finds

April 30, 2019


Nonprofit and public hospitals last year showed signs of stable profitability—with revenue growth outpacing expense growth for the first time since fiscal year 2015, according to a preliminary analysis released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service.

The lucrative (and potentially dangerous) world of human egg donation

April 29, 2019


In the United States, egg donations offer young women a chance to make lucrative sums of money—but some experts say clinics tend to downplay the risks and complexity of the procedure.

CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

April 24, 2019


CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019


HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019


CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

Teaching, rural hospitals faced reduced readmission penalties after CMS update, study shows

April 22, 2019


Teaching hospitals, rural hospitals, and others that serve a high proportion of dual-eligible patients faced lower penalties under Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 after CMS updated how the program calculates penalties, according to a study published last week.

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