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CMS looks to increase price transparency in latest Medicare payment rule

July 30, 2019


CMS on Monday released a proposed rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020 that would require hospitals to publicly disclose insurer-negotiated rates and maintains controversial 340B payment cuts.

How CMS wants to change Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule in 2020

July 30, 2019


CMS on Monday issued a proposed rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program for calendar year 2020, which includes proposals intended to reduce physicians' administrative burdens and promote value-based care.

The highest- and lowest-paid doctors, charted

July 29, 2019


Modern Healthcare last week released its annual Physician Compensation Survey, which lists average annual compensation for 23 provider specialties.

CMS says it won't approve enhanced federal funding for partial Medicaid expansions

July 29, 2019


CMS last week rejected Utah's proposed Medicaid waiver request seeking enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion, and the agency said it will not approve similar requests in the future.

How a first-of-its-kind bipartisan bill would address social determinants

July 29, 2019


A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would create a multi-agency council, as well as a $25 million federal fund, to address the social determinants of health.

What too much work does to your DNA. (Hint: It's not good.)

July 29, 2019


The medical community long has debated whether medical residents are overworked, and a study published earlier this year revealed that "long hours, disrupted sleep and constant stress can take a biological toll on newly minted doctors. Down to the level of their genes," Dhruv Khullar, an assistant professor of health care policy at Weill Cornell Medicine, writes for the New York Times' "Well."

Inside the world of therapy-oriented podcasts

July 29, 2019


Podcasts in which professional therapists hold sessions with patients hit the air about two years ago, and they are proving extremely popular.

Is it 'MassGen' or 'MGH'? Why Massachusetts General is getting serious about its nickname.

July 29, 2019


Massachusetts General Hospital is working on a rebranding effort to give the hospital an official nickname to create a coherent brand.

Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019


The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

Neil Armstrong's family received a $6M settlement from an Ohio hospital following his death, documents show

July 26, 2019


Mercy Health—Fairfield Hospital in 2014 reached a $6 million settlement with the family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died at the hospital following complications from cardiovascular surgery, according to previously undisclosed documents obtained by the New York Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer. The hospital in the documents did not admit to any wrongdoing.
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