Month: April 2021

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee yesterday held a hearing on using COVID-19 response lessons to address the mental health and substance use disorder crises.  Testifying at the hearing were representatives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and
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Dive Brief: Large employers are increasingly supportive of government intervention when it comes to tackling the rising cost of healthcare for their workers, according to a survey released Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Purchaser Business Group on Health. Business leaders showed wide support for lawmakers pursuing policies that would improve price transparency (90%)
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Dive Brief: One-third of the nation’s hospitals received A grades for the quality of care they provide, according to the Leapfrog Group’s annual survey, which graded more than 2,700 acute care facilities nationwide. Another 24% received B grades, suggesting that the nation’s hospitals are generally performing well in terms of the quality and safety of
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WakeMed Health & Hospitals in 2019 faced a behavioral health crisis in the system’s seven emergency departments, with patients waiting days to get access to acute inpatient services. Learn how the system created a high-performance, multidisciplinary network of inpatient, outpatient and community-benefit organizations to form a circle of support around each care transition.
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 A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessment affirms the ability of the two authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to prevent hospitalization in fully vaccinated adults ages 65 and older. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated adults in this age group were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who were not vaccinated. Partially
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Top executives at nearly 90% of large employers surveyed believe the cost of providing health benefits to employees will become unsustainable in the next five-to-10 years, and 85% expect the government will be required to intervene to provide coverage and contain costs, according to a new survey released today from Purchaser Business Group on Health
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Encouraged by the development of rapid at-home coronavirus tests, medtech companies are now betting on the potential to sell over-the-counter and direct-to-consumer diagnostics for diseases beyond COVID-19. The pandemic has enabled consumers to get tested for the virus in the privacy of their homes, a convenience that companies like Abbott Laboratories and Quest Diagnostics are
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The AHA and Texas Hospital Association today filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and several Texas hospitals and health systems challenging a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Departmental Appeals Board decision adopting a “net effect” standard for “bona fide provider-related donations” to supplemental payments in Medicaid. The Centers
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The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation, is accepting applications through July 31, 2021 for the 2022 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should showcase strong leadership within their community, a commitment to service and care, partnerships that help meet community needs,
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule for the long-term care hospital prospective payment system for fiscal year 2022. Under the rule, overall aggregate payments for LTCHs would increase by 1.4% ($52 million) relative to FY 2021 payments. This includes payment increases for all LTCH cases, both those paid under
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Dive Brief: U.S. hospitals continue to struggle under the ongoing weight of the pandemic and its financial pressure, reporting a mixed performance in March, according to a new report from Kaufman Hall. Volumes continued to decline, while revenues and expenses generally rose compared to the same time last year. Margins increased on both a year-to-date
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Medicare currently offers health insurance coverage to more than 60 million Americans ages 65 and older and younger adults with long-term disabilities. During the presidential campaign, President Biden proposed to lower Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 60, along with other policies to address health insurance coverage and affordability. Then-candidate Biden stated that the proposal
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Two new KFF analyses find that lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 60 could significantly reduce health spending for employers, who could potentially pass savings to employees in the form of lower premiums or higher wages. Additionally, per person health spending for older adults who move from employer coverage on to Medicare
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President Biden proposed lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 during the presidential campaign, with the goal of broadening coverage and making health coverage affordable for older adults. This analysis illustrates the potential for employer savings and finds that lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 could reduce costs for employer health plans
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