Health Care (page 2)

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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Hospitals to receive advanced Medicare payments

    Hospitals around the country are preparing to handle the onslaught of patients who need care due to the spreading coronavirus. Some hospitals, like those in New York, are already facing a massive wave of patients needing high-intensity care. One of the ways that hospitals have prepared themselves is to cancel…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Large sum secured for hospitals in coronavirus relief package

    Things could still change, but as of mid-day on Wednesday, it seems that the Congressional relief package for coronavirus response is all but done. Hospitals and the rest of the health care system have a large earmark, The legislation will also invest $150 billion in the health care system,…
    Jordan Roberts, March 25, 2020
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    CMS approves North Carolina Medicaid Waiver

    Last week, North Carolina asked the federal government to waive some Medicaid regulations. On Monday, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Carolina’s Medicaid Section 1135 Waiver: Your communication to CMS on March 17, 2020, detai1ed a number of federal Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program…
    Jordan Roberts, March 24, 2020
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    Supreme Court to hear ACA challenge

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court said that it would take up California v. Texas, a case regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. For weeks it has been unclear whether the Court would take up the case. Now the case has…
    Jordan Roberts, March 3, 2020
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    Large employers should try reference pricing before regulation

    An article from Harris Meyer at Modern Healthcare reported that large businesses, fed up with high provider rates, are becoming increasingly open to provider rate regulation:  Frustrated with rising provider prices, nearly three quarters of self-insured employers favor hospital rate regulation,…
    Jordan Roberts, February 21, 2020
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    D.C. Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirement

    Last Friday, a three-judge panel for the D.C. Circuit struck down Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement. Harris Meyer from Modern Healthcare reported:  In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court…
    Jordan Roberts, February 17, 2020
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    Community members voice concerns over care at HCA-owned Mission Health

    Last night, community members of Marion, North Carolina gathered to voice concerns about the takeover of Asheville-based Mission Health by Nashville-based HCA Healthcare. Mike Conley of McDowell News reports:  Both critical and supportive comments were…
    Jordan Roberts, February 13, 2020