The 340B drug program for safety-net hospitals will likely undergo significant changes in the coming months as the result of a new "mega-guidance" soon to-be-published by the Health Resources Services Administration, which oversees the program. But the contents of the guidance remained a little bit of a mystery, according to officials with 340B Health, the program's primary lobbying group, who spoke at this week's Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual national institute in Orlando, Florida.
In advance of its annual national institute that opened in Orlando on Monday, the Healthcare Financial Management Association has released an update of "Understanding Healthcare Prices: A Consumer Guide."
The 23-page guide is earnest, clear, straightforward and entirely well-meaning. However, it does not even come close to providing the assistance patients require in navigating their healthcare options and understanding how much it costs. Instead, it pretty much details the myriad obstacles that exist to obtaining clear prices for healthcare services.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status, according to the Associated Press.
With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.
The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.
A new law went into effect in Virginia this week that requires hospitals to inform patients if they are being held on observation status as opposed to being fully admitted as an inpatient.
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