July 22, 2019
Penalties levied under CMS' Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program are not leading to lower rates of HACs at penalized hospitals when compared with non-penalized hospitals, according to a study recently published in The BMJ.
July 19, 2019
Fewer accountable care organizations (ACOs) joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2019 than in 2018—but more ACOs are taking on financial risk than in previous years, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a Health Affairs blog published Wednesday.
July 18, 2019
The House on Wednesday voted 419-6 to approve a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac tax," which is set to take effect in 2022.
The average monthly health insurance premium for a family of four who did not qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act hit a record high of $1,403 in 2019, according to a new report from the private online health insurance marketplace eHealth.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday announced that he plans to introduce legislation to establish a federal fund to help local governments buy for-profit hospitals at risk of closing.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's legislative package to address out-of-network "surprise" medical bills would reduce average national provider payment rates by as much as 20%—with much of the effect due to a reduction in in-network payment rates, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.
CMS on Monday released new resources for states seeking certain Affordable Care Act waivers, but Democrats have vowed to introduce legislation to roll back the Trump administration's criteria for the waivers after the Government Accountability Office determined Congress has the authority to overturn the guidance.
July 17, 2019
The number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Advanced Alternative Payment Model track increased from 2017 to 2018, while the number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System decreased, according to preliminary data CMS released Thursday.
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it will immediately start enforcing a final rule that bars health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.
July 16, 2019
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.
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