February 5, 2018 Government Runs Out of Money Friday; More CHIP, Extenders, Health Centers May Be in New Deal The House has announced that they in intend to vote on the next Continuing Resolution before the end of this week, with an intent to keep the government...

250 Hospitals Receive Healthgrades' Top Clinical Excellence Awards Healthgrades has released its Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence awards for hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures....

Federal Government Shutdown Continues; No Immediate Impact on Medicare, Medicaid Federal government funding ended at midnight on Saturday; however there will likely be little disruption to Medicare and Medicaid payments for a while. CMS' other non-discretionary activities also will continue, the agency said in a notice released...

Government Funding Ends Friday; CHIP, Extenders, 340B Hang in the Balance The federal government runs out of money Friday and there is certainly a chance Congress won't be able to come to terms by then; however, late last week there were signs that another short term...

January 8, 2018   340B, CHIP, DSH, Medicare Extenders All Unresolved as Government Shutdown Looms Current government funding authority runs out January 19 and the GOP leadership will need Democratic support in the Senate to get a deal done to keep the government open beyond that date.  Congress...

(NOTE: The Weekly Report will not be published until January 8.  Have a wonderful holiday!)   GOP Tax Bill Vote Tuesday; Major Health Care Changes Made The House is expected to pass the GOP tax reform bill Tuesday.  The Senate has the 51 votes it needs to pass...

Another Hospital Mega Merger Under Discussion; Other Giant Mergers Announced The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Ascension and Providence St. Joseph Health are in discussions about merging - a move that would create the nation's largest hospital owner.  A merger would create an enterprise of...

76 Reps Sign On to 340B Bill; Lawsuit Moves Forward 76 U.S. Representatives from 27 states and D.C. have now signed on to legislation designed to roll back a new CMS 340B payment reduction regulation that takes effect January 1.  Click here to see the list of cosponsors. ...

New Legislation Rolls Back CMS' 340B Cuts; Lawsuit Also Filed Hospitals across the country are being urged to contact their U.S. Representative to co-sponsor new legislation introduced last week to stop CMS' new final rule that will dramatically cut savings for hospitals in the 340B drug...

Ways and Means Passes Tax Bill that Kills Widely-Used Hospital Bonds; Dozens of Groups Oppose Bond Provision The House Ways and Means Committee last week passed along party lines the GOP tax reform bill that contains several provisions negatively impacting not-for-profit hospitals.  The full House is expected...