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 •  February 20

The Trump administration issued a proposed rule to roll back 2016 Obama administration rules that limit the duration of short-term health insurance plans to three months.
Allowing the sale of “short-term, limited-duration health insurance” to cover any period of less than 12 months aims to “provide additional options to Americans who cannot afford...

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 •  February 19

Cost avoidance—especially under value-based payment models—makes palliative care financially viable, say hospital executives.
The number of hospitals offering palliative care programs has tripled in the last 15 years, a new study finds. That growth has come despite low payments from public and private payers for such care.
In 2000, less than...

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 •  February 16

Some worry that a new approach would recreate the “black box” physician-quality determinations that are made by commercial insurers.
The Trump administration is pushing to scrap quality reporting for most physicians who are paid under Medicare’s new payment system.
Specifically, the administration this week proposed to end quality reporting under...

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 •  February 15

Reduced Medicare payments to practices acquired by hospitals, tightened 340B requirements, more telemedicine funding, and increased transparency were among the possible federal responses to hospital merger-and-acquisition (M&A) trends, as discussed this week by members of Congress.
Hospital combinations with other hospitals and physician practices,...

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 •  February 14

Some providers have helped enroll patients in such providers facing high deductibles but such practices can sour patients who are unaware of the fine print, say finance experts.
Can so-called medical credit cards help hospitals address growing bad debt challenges?
Providers are likely to receive more overtures from financial services companies to...

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 •  February 13

Although the cuts and policies included in the budget would require congressional passage of a separate appropriation bill, individual administration budget proposals frequently appear in such bills.
Adverse impacts from federal spending cuts were just one type of concern that hospital advocates raised this week about the Trump administration’s...

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 •  February 9

One long-sought hospital goal included in the measure is repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
A last-minute budget deal signed into law in the early morning of Feb. 9 includes a range of funding and policies long-sought by hospitals.
The measure replaced a House-passed continuing resolution from earlier in the week and included many of...

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 •  February 8

Industry watchers are eyeing possible federal legislation, state waivers, and federal rules that could affect competition in 2019.
Nationwide plan selections in government-run individual-insurance marketplaces reached 11.8 million during open enrollment for 2018, according to outside analysts.
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)...

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 •  February 8

Hospital and insurer advocates have urged the Trump administration to take differing approaches in its quest to increase competition in health care.
The coming week’s healthcare events will include an examination by a congressional panel of the impacts of consolidation in healthcare.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on...

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 •  February 7

The funding plans come as CMS prepares to release its overall rural strategy, which would include a rural provider impact analysis of all new programs and policy changes.
Hospitals have faced a range of payment cuts since a regularly renewed package of Medicare funding lapsed at the end of 2017. But those cuts soon could be reversed.
The House of...