Bi-Partisan Senate Leaders Support Plan to Require Drug Prices in Ads The next Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to support the Administration's proposal to require pharmaceutical...

56% of Hospitals Get "A" or "B" on New Leapfrog Safety Scorecard The independent, nonprofit grading system by the Leapfrog Group assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals and focuses entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Of more than 2,600 hospitals...

CMS' Final Payment Rules Smack HOPDs, 340B, Postpone E/M Changes The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last week released two payment system rules that will have significant impact on payments to providers - the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Not...

President's Proposal to Cut Drug Prices Would Reduce Provider Payments President Trump has announced a proposal to lower drug prices by tying provider payments under Medicare Part B to the lower prices in Europe instead of the congressionally-mandated average sales price plus six percent. The notice...

HHS Rule Mandates Posting of Drug Prices; Could Be a Game-Changer Are consumers ready to see the price of their prescription drugs in TV ads?  How will they react?  HHS has released a proposed rule to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose drug prices in their television ads....

Major Medicare Rule Changes: Update The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule is under review at the Office of Management and Budget and could be released in its final form as early as this week.  One of its key provisions is the collapse of Evaluation and Management...

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...