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November 04, 2021

Adults support major changes to US healthcare system amid rising costs, survey finds

Hailey Mensik | November 4, 2021 Dive Brief:If no changes are made to the current healthcare system in the U.S., it’s likely adults and their families will struggle more with access and affordability of care in the future, a majority of respondents to a recent survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said. Those surveyed…

November 03, 2021

Hospital groups decry new round of DSH cuts in latest infrastructure bill

Robert King | Nov 3, 2021 Hospital groups are making a last-minute push to prevent Congress from including cuts to safety net hospitals in a massive $1.75 trillion infrastructure package. A collection of eight groups wrote to Democratic congressional leaders Monday with concerns over the latest bill text for the package, which Democrats are expected to vote…

November 02, 2021

CMS finalizes fee hikes for hospital price transparency requirements

Paige Minemyer | Nov 2, 2021 Beginning Jan. 1, the Biden administration will increase the penalty for certain hospitals that are not in compliance with its hospital price transparency requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late Tuesday that it will set a minimum civil monetary penalty of $300 per day for hospitals…

September 20, 2021

Hospital groups push back against stiffer penalties for failing to publish prices

Robert King | Sep 20, 2021  Hospital industry groups are pushing back against a proposal to jack up fines for health systems that don’t publish their prices, arguing that facilities are putting all their resources behind combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups wrote in comments to the 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule strongly opposing…

September 17, 2021

CMS delays enforcement of key interoperability requirement of payer-to-payer data exchange

Robert King | Sep 17, 2021 The Biden administration has delayed enforcement of payer-to-payer data exchange included in a May 2020 final interoperability rule until future regulations are finalized. The decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced Wednesday, comes after the insurance industry has warned that the final rule was hastily constructed. “CMS’…