Hospitals Explore Medicare Loan Repayment Options

Hospitals are calculating whether it would be better for them to immediately repay their Medicare loans or have the payments taken out of their claims after CMS announced it’s beginning to recoup payments under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. The agency initially touted the loans as a way to help providers during the pandemic, but CMS froze the program when Congress created the provider relief fund. When it came time to collect those loans last year, providers worked...
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Hospitals Request Meeting With FDA On ‘White Bagging’

The American Hospital Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists want to meet with FDA to make their case that insurer “white bagging” policies, which prevent hospitals from buying outpatient drugs from the specialty pharmacies of their choice, threaten supply chain security and pose safety risks to patients. Insurers say the practice saves money, but hospitals say it jeopardizes patient care and want FDA to take enforcement action. “Given the growing ubiquity of payer-mandated white bagging, we are concerned...
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DOL Affirms End Of COBRA Subsidies Triggers SEP

The Department of Labor on Wednesday (April 7) affirmed that unemployed workers can enroll in exchange plans once the American Rescue Plan’s temporary full federal subsidies for those on COBRA end in September. Labor’s highly anticipated guidance also addresses other questions posed by employers about the benefit. Democratic leaders of the congressional health committees on Tuesday (April 6) had urged CMS to create the special enrollment period and to ensure the opportunity was included in employee communications about the COBRA...
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CMS Wants To Add COVID-19 Vaccinations To Inpatient Psych Reporting

CMS plans to modify the inpatient psychiatric facilities’ quality reporting program by adding a measure that assesses COVID-19 vaccination rates among health care personnel and another that expands who can provide follow-up care for patients hospitalized with a mental illness, according to a proposed rule unveiled Wednesday (April 7) that would also increase next year’s pay for the facilities. CMS’ rule would increase the fiscal 2022 pay for inpatient psychiatric facilities by the same amount the agency did last year...
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CMS Proposes Pay Increase For Inpatient Rehab Facilities

CMS proposes to increase inpatient rehabilitation facilities' fiscal year 2022 pay by 1.8%, or $160 million, relative to last year's payments, and to advance the Biden administration’s focus on health equity. Rehab facilities received a 2.4% pay bump under the final fiscal 2021 IRF prospective pay rule , although CMS had initially proposed a 2.9% payment increase. The proposed rule for 2022 also asks for feedback on how to advance health equity through the rule. CMS has worked...
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