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 •  January 20

The Senate fails to advance the House-sponsored CR to President Trump’s desk, leaving six-year extension of CHIP funding and delay of the “Cadillac tax” on the table.
The federal government shut down after lawmakers failed to reach a deal late Friday evening, defeating the House’s continuing resolution by a 50 to 49 vote.
Senate Majority Leader...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 19

Though the program and its savings have steadily climbed, CMS released participant data without fanfare. There are more accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program this year than ever before. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data online this month, listing 561 ACOs and 10.5...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 19

In less than one decade the number of ER visits involving alcohol consumption increased 61.6%, from 3 million to 4.9 million, and the total cost increased 272%, from $4.1 billion to $15.3 billion. The rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency departments increased by nearly 50% between 2006 and 2014, and the cost of providing care more than...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 19

Officials said states need flexibility to establish qualifications for Medicaid providers. In a letter to state Medicaid directors across the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rescinded a memo Friday that had barred state programs from taking action against abortion providers without evidence of wrongdoing. The short letter,...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 19

The case highlights challenges healthcare orgs face when patients become targets of law enforcement.
A former police officer was indicted and arrested this week on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges over his handling of a patient’s arrest outside the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis last year.
Michael Kaim, 27,...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 19

Federal agencies are preparing to furlough non-essential workers and diminish available services, harkening back to the 16-day shutdown in 2013.
As the midnight deadline approaches to avoid a government shutdown, federal employees are paying close attention to contingency plans for the days ahead.
The Senate began debating Friday whether to approve...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 18

A proposal in the Senate aims to create savings for health providers while a new report details how to maximize the program’s pharmacy benefits. The 340B Drug Pricing Program represents ample healthcare and business opportunities to some, while others see it as a federal program in need of significant reforms to address outstanding cost...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 18

In a recent course of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Health Care Innovation, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD interviewed fellow Penn professor Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD, an expert on alternative payment models. Below are some highlights from their discussion around bundled payments and ACOs. Excerpts have been edited for clarity. EE: How do...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 18

Proponents say laws protecting freedom of conscience in healthcare have gone under-enforced, while critics worry this shift could open door to more discrimination against LGBTQ patients. Lawmakers and faith leaders joined Health and Human Services officials Thursday morning to launch a new HHS division that aims to protect healthcare organizations...

HealthLeaders Media

 •  January 18

Adventist Health's new CFO discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the health system, including cost-cutting, expansion deals, and cuts to the 340B prescription drug program. The new CFO of Adventist Health views cost-cutting in areas such as labor and supplies as the most daunting challenge facing the health system, with mergers and...