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May 17, 2018
Government administered pricing at the Medicare level for all purchasers of health care services – as suggested in a recent opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post titled, “There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem” – would disrupt the fragile financing system that…
May 14, 2018
Another week, another drug industry-funded consultant attempting to divert attention away from the high and rising costs of prescription drugs by attacking the 340B drug pricing program. Such efforts are intended to not only shift attention away from manufacturers’ bad pricing behavior, but also to…
May 10, 2018
The same cohort of authors responsible for the Health Care Pricing Project’s flawed 2015 paper recently released an updated version. However, the update fails to upgrade the paper’s status as an unreliable attempt to link hospital concentration and price.    Although the paper claims to…
May 3, 2018
The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award recognizes those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the…
Apr 24, 2018
Cybersecurity is at top of mind for many organizations that work diligently to protect their intellectual property (IP) and consumers, and with good reason. On April 16, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a technical bulletin indicating…
Apr 6, 2018
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report identifying the threats associated with antibiotic resistance (AR) and recommending “early and aggressive action” to prevent resistant pathogens from spreading in health care facilities. The containment…
Mar 28, 2018
Axios Vitals recent story on hospitals’ Medicare margins seemed to cherry pick data from a March Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) report to Congress to imply that hospitals “lose money” on Medicare because they are allegedly inefficient. However, the story left out some very relevant…
Mar 14, 2018
The second year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) began on Jan. 1. Yet last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted to recommend that Congress repeal the MIPS and replace it with a new “…
Feb 27, 2018
How do you fully recover from a Category 5 storm? And plan for the next one? Those are the questions Puerto Rico’s hospital leaders continue to ask five months after Hurricane Maria’s 155-miles-per hour winds left the island’s health system on life support.  I recently visited some of our…
Feb 27, 2018
Does receiving a penalty under Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) program really mean a hospital is a poor performer? An online article published February 16 in the Journal for Healthcare Quality by the AHA and KNG Health Consulting shows that getting a HAC penalty resembles a game of…