October 16, 2017   Trump's Executive Order May Lead To Crackdown on Provider Consolidation In what the President cited as the first steps to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in “a very positive manner,” Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) designed to encourage the rise of a new...

October 9, 2017   Trump Confirms His ACA Deal Proposal To Democrat Schumer President Trump tweeted Saturday that he had reached out to the Senate Democratic leader in hopes of brokering a deal for a “great HealthCare Bill.” Trump said that he had called Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer...

October 2, 2017     Who Will Replace Price at HHS? Tom Price resigned his position as HHS Secretary Friday, following a week-long stretch of negative media stories about his use of chartered and military aircraft.  Click here to read his resignation letter.  Speculation about his successor is already intense.  On the short...

New Repeal Bill Aims to Gain Support of Holdouts A new version of the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation was released late yesterday and it is clearly intended to meet the objections of holdout GOP senators - with new help for Alaska and Maine.  Click here and here for the...

New ACA Repeal, Replace Bill May Be Just 2 Votes Short in the Senate Legislation developed by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to repeal and replace Obamacare has 48 GOP votes, according to a variety of sources and there may be 3 undecided...

    Hospitals Involved in Congressional 340B Probe; Comments on CMS' 340B Rule Due Today 15 hospitals and health systems have been asked to submit detailed information on their 340B programs as part of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's review of the government mandated drug discount program....

August 28, 2017 (NOTE: The Weekly Report will not be published next week.  Have a safe Labor Day weekend.)   Opposition Grows Against CMS' Proposal To Cut 340B  A CMS advisory panel last week recommended that the agency not finalize its proposal that would drastically cut Medicare payments for...

August 21, 2017   IRS Revokes Hospital's Tax Exempt Status for CHNA Failure The IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of a not-for-profit hospital for failure conduct a community health needs assessment, adopt an implementation strategy and make it widely available to the public. In a letter dated Feb....

Mayo, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Leads U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings In their 28th year, the rankings and ratings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year a total of 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. U.S....

August 7, 2017   2,573 Hospitals Will See Payment Cuts in October Because of Medicare Readmits CMS will penalize 2,573 hospitals for having too many Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days, according to federal data released last week. Starting in October, the federal government will cut those hospitals’ payments by as...