The Healthcare Financial Management Association has established a task force to address price transparency issues for hospitals, physicians, employer groups and patients, and eventually issue guidelines for the sector.
Last month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that would cut supplemental Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments by $1.1 billion over the next two years. This stunned the executives of many of our nation's almost 2,000 affected hospitals. They were bracing themselves for a much larger cut--$18.1 billion through 2020--as called for by the Affordable Care Act.
This backing off of sorts by CMS is a response to concerns that cuts like this so early in the process might delay the Medicaid coverage expansion goals in the ACA. CMS made a wise move considering so many states are still undecided about whether to participate in the ACA's Medicaid expansion plan. Read more...
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