Dive Brief: The American Hospital Association in a new report estimates the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the numbers are sobering: It forecasts losses will top $200 billion — and that’s just for the first four months of the outbreak from March estimated through June. AHA said the hemorrhaging can be connected to the
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Dive Brief: In the first round of oral arguments in their lawsuit against HHS over a rule requiring hospitals to reveal the secret rates they negotiate with insurers for services, hospital groups argued the requirement exceeds the government’s authority and violates the First Amendment by compelling hospitals to publicly post confidential and proprietary information​. The American
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The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, a public-private partnership developed to mitigate threats to the nation’s health care sector, yesterday released guidance and recommendations to help health care organizations protect trade secrets, medical research and other innovation capital from theft.  “We at the AHA have been working closely with the field and the
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The National Academies of Sciences Engineering, and Medicine yesterday released recommendations for improving outcomes and metrics associated with four grant programs funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help reduce opioid-related harm and promote recovery from substance use disorder. NASEM researchers suggest tools and metrics that, if implemented, could reduce overdose
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Dive Brief: After a week of confusion and criticism, the Trump administration over the weekend said states would take the lead in allocating to hospitals supplies of Gilead’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir, which was recently shown in a clinical trial to hasten recovery from the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Remdesivir was cleared for emergency
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Dive Brief: CMS is adding a new element to controversial price transparency regulations, suggesting it will continue to collect data on hospital median payer-specific negotiated rates and consider how that information could be used to set set relative Medicare payment rates. Hospitals immediately blasted the idea. In the draft of the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective
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Once again, the private sector generally supports the Trump administration’s push toward interoperability within the healthcare industry but has a lot of issues with the specifics. Payers, providers, EHR vendors and more re-aired perennial disputes in the industry over data privacy, government regulation, price transparency and more in their comments on HHS’ five-year health IT roadmap made public
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Dive Brief: Despite pent up demand following the cancellation of elective procedures, orthopaedic surgeons will face a slow recovery in ramping their services back up, according to a new Jefferies survey. The 40 high-volume orthopaedic surgeons who responded to the survey said their current weekly volumes are down 90% compared to before the onset of the
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