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    FTC cannot block $320M Novant, CHS deal

    A federal court struck a blow to antitrust regulators on Wednesday when it ruled that Novant’s purchase of two hospitals from CHS could go through, arguing the deal seems likely to promote competition in North Carolina.

    By June 6, 2024
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    Wyden urges HHS to require healthcare cybersecurity standards

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the agency’s approach to cybersecurity is inadequate and advocated for mandatory resiliency standards, periodic audits and technical support for providers.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Labor

    Disputes between hospitals and workers are likely to continue even as the pandemic’s greatest impacts subside — a source of friction that could leave patients caught in the middle.

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    Under the watch of the attorney general, Northwell overhauls charity care policy

    New York's largest health system will expand its financial assistance policies following a review from the state attorney general.

    By June 5, 2024
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    House subcommittee lands on transparency for 340B reform

    Based on the Oversight and Investigations hearing, political will in Congress seems slim to cut back the 340B program — without a clearer view of how hospitals are using the funds first.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Scan Health Plan wins Medicare Advantage star ratings lawsuit

    The insurer argued the CMS didn’t follow its stated methodology for calculating quality scores, causing its rating to drop and risking millions of dollars in payments.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Tracking Steward's decline

    ‘We’re always running out of money’: Steward seeks new DIP financier ahead of June 14 to keep operations afloat

    Attorneys for the Dallas-based health system said Steward isn’t interested in another quick-fix loan. This time, Steward wants $225 million to carry it through the Chapter 11 process.

    By June 4, 2024
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    State healthcare cost caps could further pressure hospital operating margins: report

    Policies in several states have limited provider rates and levels of reimbursement, as well as constrained operating flexibility, according to Fitch Ratings.

    By June 4, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    HHS says providers can tap Change to issue data breach notifications after cyberattack

    The update is a win for provider groups who have urged the agency to clarify which organizations need to report a data breach and notify patients after the cyberattack.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Medicare Advantage sales middleman sues HHS over rule capping broker compensation

    AmeriLife’s suit joins at least two others from MA sales groups seeking revisions to the rule for threatening their business model. It also comes with a clock, given a looming deadline for marketing contract negotiations.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Move over, Medicare Advantage — UnitedHealth, Centene flag higher Medicaid utilization concerns

    Worries about higher-than-expected medical spending have reached Medicaid, as redeterminations spark turbulence in the program.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Minnesota’s Medicaid program to block for-profit insurers from participation

    The ban initially only affects UnitedHealthcare, which is the sole for-profit managed care organization with a Medicaid contract in the state.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Nursing homes sue to block HHS staffing mandate

    The plaintiffs slammed the rule as an overreach of authority that creates an “onerous and unachievable” mandate.

    By May 28, 2024
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    House committee takes aim at healthcare consolidation, eyes site-neutral payments

    Equalizing Medicare payment between sites of service to cut down on provider consolidation is a “no brainer,” one witness testified during the hearing.

    By May 23, 2024
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    Medicare adviser sets recommendations for diabetes device evidence

    The panel found time in range was an “extremely important” metric, but members were divided on whether quality of life measures should influence coverage.

    By Elise Reuter • May 22, 2024
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    New online portal allows patients to report potential EMTALA violations

    The federal government and states have sparred over whether providers must cover emergency abortion services since Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Latest 340B ruling delivers blow to providers

    Drugmakers are allowed to impose conditions on which pharmacies they dispense discounted drugs to in the 340B program, according to an appellate court.

    By May 22, 2024
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    FDA seeks AI tech to predict, detect Parkinson’s symptoms

    By testing artificial intelligence and machine learning models, the agency hopes to come up with best practices for Parkinson’s measures from wearables and smartphones.

    By Elise Reuter • May 21, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Providers urge HHS to clarify Change data breach reporting requirements

    More than 50 provider groups are asking the federal government to publicly state that UnitedHealth should handle data breach reporting stemming from the cyberattack on its subsidiary.

    By May 21, 2024
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    HHS agency launches program to automate cybersecurity at hospitals

    The program will invest more than $50 million to create a software suite that can automatically find potential vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit and deploy fixes.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Senate Finance Committee tackles Medicare physician pay reform

    On Friday, the committee released a white paper proposing Medicare adjust doctor reimbursement to account for inflation, a key goal for physician lobbies.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Ascension hit with lawsuits days after ransomware attack

    Most data breach lawsuits settle out of court rather than through litigation, an expert told Healthcare Dive. 

    By May 16, 2024
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    ONC to provide grants for AI, behavioral health projects

    The agency seeks projects that evaluate and improve healthcare data used by AI and accelerate the use of health IT products among mental healthcare providers.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Kansas jilts CVS in new Medicaid contract awards

    Kansas kicked CVS to the curb in favor of an Elevance plan, while awarding contracts to incumbents UnitedHealth and Centene. The contracts are worth roughly $4 billion annually.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Judge dismisses FTC’s antitrust suit against Welsh Carson

    Regulators sued the private equity firm for consolidating Texas anesthesia markets. Now, a judge is holding Welsh Carson blameless while allowing the suit against its portfolio company, U.S. Anesthesia Partners, to continue.

    By May 14, 2024
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    US hikes tariffs on medical products from China

    The rate hikes focus on areas where the Biden administration has sought to boost domestic production, such as medical supplies that were essential to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

    By Elise Reuter • May 14, 2024