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November 19, 2020

CMS will not update hospital star ratings, quality data in January

American Hospital Association | Nov. 12, 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not update the overall hospital quality star ratings at Hospital Compare in January to allow time to review public comment and finalize proposed changes to the star ratings methodology, the agency announced this week. The proposed changes to the star…

November 12, 2020

CMS: More than 800K signed up for ACA plans on HealthCare.gov on first week of open enrollment

Robert King | Nov. 12, 2020 The first week of 2021 open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges saw 818,365 people sign up on HealthCare.gov. The robust start to open enrollment, which began on Nov. 1, comes even during a presidential election. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which reported the numbers late…

October 29, 2020

CMS releases final price disclosure rule: 5 things to know

Ayla Ellison | October 29, 2020 CMS unveiled a final rule Oct. 29 that requires health plans to disclose the rates they negotiate with hospitals and other healthcare providers.Five things to know: 1. The final rule requires health insurers to offer an online tool that provides members with personalized out-of-pocket cost information and the negotiated…

October 12, 2020

Hospitals haven’t gotten paid much for uninsured COVID-19 patients, study finds

Morgan Haefner | Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 Hospitals and providers treating uninsured patients for COVID-19 have received little reimbursement from the federal government despite a program that aims to ensure uninsured Americans’ don’t face large COVID-19-related bills, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In April, the Trump administration said it would take money from the…

October 09, 2020

CMS unveils relaxed repayment terms for COVID-19 loans: 5 details

Alia Paavola | October 9, 2020 CMS detailed Oct. 8 the relaxed repayment terms for providers and suppliers that received COVID-19 loans. The CMS announcement comes after Congress loosened the loan terms and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. Five key details: CMS will now begin recouping the loans through the Medicare Accelerated…