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    CMS estimates 41.5M people affected by innovation center models since late 2020

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is currently operating 33 models studying potential improvements in healthcare payment and delivery.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Maternal health services suffer in states with abortion bans, report finds

    States risk driving away healthcare providers who are reluctant to work where their practices will be restricted, according to a Commonwealth Fund analysis.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 14, 2022
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    Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitals need nurses so desparetly they're offering massive sign-on bonuses and staffing firms say open positions for both temporary and permanent nursing roles are at all-time highs

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    CMS tackles provider availability, exchange regulations in proposed rule

    The regulation comes after the ACA exchanges, spurred by financial incentives during the COVID-19 pandemic, reached record enrollment numbers.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    COVID-19 vaccine saved millions of lives, study calculates

    The vaccines also reduced infections and hospitalizations, which freed up hospital resources, researchers at the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health concluded.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 13, 2022
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    Variability in Medicare direct contracting savings illustrates promises, pitfalls of value-based care

    Accountable care organizations' net savings rates ranged from -29.4% to 29.2% in the 2021 Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model.

    By Updated Dec. 13, 2022
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    Progressive lawmakers call on CMS to cull companies with history of Medicare fraud from ACO REACH

    At least 10 organizations with records of healthcare fraud and abuse participated in the direct contracting program last year despite CMS screening requirements, the letter said.

    By Updated Dec. 20, 2022
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    OSHA moves ahead with permanent COVID-19 standards for health workers

    The submission for permanent COVID-19 safety standards comes after temporary pandemic requirements for medical facilities were withdrawn last December.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    Payers, providers applaud new CMS prior authorization rule

    Provider groups, including the AHA, asked the Senate to codify measures proposed by the CMS by passing bipartisan legislation imposing more prior authorization requirements on Medicare Advantage plans.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    AdvaMed asks FDA to withdraw divisive draft guidance on LASIK surgery

    Some comments were more positive, though, with the American Optometric Association calling the agency’s proposal “timely and beneficial.”

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Dec. 8, 2022
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    Patient discharge delays pose threat to health outcomes, AHA warns

    The hospital lobby is asking Congress to establish a temporary per diem Medicare payment to help ease healthcare capacity issues.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 7, 2022
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    HHS to lift mpox emergency declaration as cases drop

    New reported daily cases of the virus in the U.S. have dwindled to under 10 from more than 600 per day in August.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 6, 2022
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    18M projected to lose Medicaid coverage at end of COVID-19 emergency

    Many people who are currently enrolled in Medicaid will transition to other coverage, but 3.8 million people will completely lose insurance, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 6, 2022
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    Key healthcare stories from 2022

    This year has been especially tumultuous for healthcare, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, numerous labor disputes and major M&A announcements.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Advocate Aurora and Atrium complete merger, creating $27B system

    The new system, Advocate Health, will operate 67 hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care in six states.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    As complaints roll in, ‘complexity’ holding up HHS information blocking enforcement, health IT coordinator says

    The HHS has yet to finalize disincentives for providers or say how the OIG will go about investigating and applying civil monetary penalties to health IT vendors. “We’re working really, really hard,” Micky Tripathi told Healthcare Dive.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    What to make of Eisai and Biogen’s latest Alzheimer’s drug data

    At a medical conference, the companies detailed clinical trial results that could help support approval of their drug lecanemab. However, some doctors aren’t convinced the medicine’s risks are worth its potential benefits.

    By Jacob Bell , Ned Pagliarulo • Nov. 29, 2022
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    CMS warns hospitals must protect staff, patients from violence

    Hospitals must effectively mitigate risks to ensure patients and staff are safe as part of their Medicare certification, the agency said in a Monday memo, noting that some facilities have received citations for failing to do so.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    HHS proposed rule targets substance use stigma

    The American Hospital Association backed the new rule, saying it would improve the exchange of patient records in the treatment of substance use disorders.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 29, 2022
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    Bernie Sanders poised to lead Senate health committee

    The longtime proponent of universal healthcare is set to become chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is in line to be the committee’s ranking member.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 28, 2022
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    Lawmakers object to latest surprise billing rule, call for changes

    House Ways and Means Committee leaders “are severely disappointed to find that the August 2022 final rule violates the No Surprises Act in the same ways as before,” they wrote in a letter to regulators last week.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Epic ensnared in Texas probe of parental access to teen medical records

    The state is at the forefront of an intensifying legal battle over the rights of transgender and non-binary children to gender-affirming healthcare.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 21, 2022
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    HHS to look at MA risk adjustment as upcoding in spotlight

    Regulators have considered changing how they calculate patient risk and provider reimbursement, work that the HHS head said is continuing.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Divided Congress after midterms will allow HHS to execute on policy priorities, Becerra says

    The department will focus on implementing drug price negotiation in Medicare and surprise billing regulations, according to the secretary.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Medical group asks Congress to offset Medicare payment cuts

    The Medical Group Management Association wants Congress to take action to help physician practices by the end of the year.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 15, 2022
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    HHS cybersecurity center warns of new ransomware threat

    The ransomware has attacked targets worldwide, including at least one U.S. health group, since it was first identified in mid-August.

    By Susan Kelly • Nov. 14, 2022