Medicare - Funding

AHA and others are suing the federal government over a new rule that changes how certain off-campus hospital departments are reimbursed for the care they provide patients.
CMS recently released the final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center payment system effective Jan. 1, 2019.
AHA and other hospital interests filed suit in U.S. District Court to stop a nearly 30% reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals for purchase of outpatient drugs under the 340B program.
The federal budget package which passed last week after an hours-long government shutdown includes many important healthcare provisions.
CMS posted a statement saying that it would begin the process to implement the statutorily required therapy cap.
Hospitals are concerned that negotiations over how to raise budget caps may result in further Medicare cuts.
Since 1976 there have been 17 federal government shutdowns.
A U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit regarding a Medicare policy that would reduce hospital payments under the 340B program.
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
The death of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Dr. Michael Davidson Tuesday night from gunshots wounds saddened many beyond Dr. Davidson’s colleagues at the Brigham.
The legislature’s new session is underway and MHA, on behalf of hospitals across the commonwealth, has worked with legislative champions on filing a series of bills relating to MassHealth, behavioral health, healthcare quality and patient safety, and

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