Massive Opioid Package Heads to the President The Senate last week passed the compromise 660 page opioid package by a vote of 98-1 and sent it to the President who is expected to sign the bill that aims to combat the nation's ongoing opioid crisis. H.R....

  Just 200 Hospitals Take 73% of Payment Cut under CMS' Proposed HOPD Site Neutral Rule 200 hospitals would shoulder 73% of the cuts in CMS’ proposed site neutral payment rule, according to a new study commissioned by the Integrated Health Care Coalition by Dobson DaVanzo and...

Investigation Shows Hospital Systems Use Secret Contract Terms to Dominate Market: WSJ Dominant hospital systems use an array of secret contract terms to protect their turf and block efforts to curb health-care costs, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.  As part of these deals, hospitals...

Pharma Wins Ad Fight in Congressional Spending Package; Health Care GDP Drops House and Senate Appropriators put together the final details of a spending package that would allocate more than $850 billion for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. The Appropriations...

More Changes Expected on Drug Prices; New Report Shows Prices are Still Rising HHS Secretary Alex Azar met with House Ways and Means Committee Republicans last week to discuss the President's plan to lower drug prices. Azar is said to have given lawmakers an update on...

CMS: Medicare ACOs Saved $314 Million in 2017 CMS has released updated data on the 472 accountable care organizations that shows that ACOs netted $314 million in savings for the government. This data comes three weeks after CMS proposed stricter regulations on the Medicare Shared Savings...

Senate-Passed $857 Billion Appropriations Package Boosts Health Spending The Senate last week passed a fiscal 2019 spending package, 85-7, that includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education and HHS.  More than 300 amendments were filed, with more than 50 adopted by unanimous consent into the...

U.S. News Releases Best Hospitals Rankings for 2018-19 U.S. News lat week released its 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings. The 29th annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care. The rankings compared more than 4,500 medical...

CMS Moves To Overhaul Medicare ACOs CMS last week issued a proposed rule, which would make major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). In this rule, CMS proposes to redesign the MSSP, eliminating Track 1 and 2, establishing a new BASIC track and reframing...

CMS Rules Have Medicare Payment Increases for Acute, Post-Acute Facilities, Finalizes Inpatient Rule A number of finalized payment rules were posted by CMS with very few changes to the original proposals that impact both acute and post-acute care facilities: The final hospital inpatient rule will boost...