House Tax Bill Cuts Not-for-Profit Hospital Executive Pay; Tax Exempt Bonds Would Be Curtailed The House is moving tax cut and reform legislation that would impose a 20% excise tax on a tax-exempt organization that pays compensation. The 20% excise tax would be applied to any compensation...

October 30, 2017   House to Vote on CHIP Reauthorization this Week House Republican leadership is expected to bring the CHIP Reauthorization legislation to the Floor for a vote this week. The bill would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for five years and continue money for...

Hospitals' "Secret" ER Fees Under Media Investigation Hospital emergency bills will be getting a good look over by Vox, a national online news organization.  Vox reporter Sarah Kliff is asking readers to give Vox their ER bills from the last five years for an examination by...

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...