September 22nd 2023
Prostate cancer cases have increased after years of decline. Evan Goldfischer, president of LUGPA, talks about the need to increase awareness and outreach.
September 21st 2023
Volodymyr Zelenskyy went to Staten Island University Hospital to express thanks for the support of medical providers since Russia’s invasion.
September 15th 2023
Advocates want healthcare workers to get federal protection, similar to airline employees. Healthcare leaders say more doctors, nurses and other staffers have been attacked in recent years.
Beginning in October, a key program offering federal funds to safety net hospitals is slated for a reduction of $8 billion. More than 250 hospitals have asked Senate and House leaders to block the cuts.
September 14th 2023
Advocates for health systems say a CMS proposal is insufficient, as hospitals continue to grapple with higher costs.
‘Unconscionable’: Hospitals, doctors implore CMS to avert cuts for physician payments
The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association say the reductions would hurt providers.
Biden urged to make improving patient safety a national priority
A presidential advisory panel recommends the White House take action to lower the number of harmful events in hospitals. Patient advocates offered praise.
‘Lifesaving’: Advocates for those with disabilities hail rule to bar discrimination in healthcare
The government has proposed new steps to ensure providers aren’t denying services. Advocates say people with disabilities too often encounter hurdles to get care.
TV ad urges Congress to prevent billions in cuts to hospitals
The 30-second spot, which is slated to appear nationally starting today, warns that reduced federal aid will hurt patient care.
Legislation could add more scrutiny to healthcare mergers | Bills and Laws
A bipartisan bill would potentially give the Department of Health and Human Services a role in weighing the impact of hospital and healthcare consolidations.
Feds unveil new staffing requirements for nursing homes: Impact and reactions
The government says the proposal will help residents and staff. Nursing homes and hospitals say the move could force some facilities to close.
In Oregon, a nurse staffing law is now in effect. Will it happen nationwide?
The Oregon measure sets minimum levels in all hospitals. Other states are looking at nurse staffing levels, and lawmakers in Congress have introduced legislation.
Biden administration unveils 10 drugs for price negotiations: Takeaways and reactions
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services named the first prescription drugs selected for negotiation. The president has made lowering healthcare costs a top priority, but the impact of this remains to be seen.
Medical groups say they need relief from insurers’ 'predatory' EFT fees
Two out of three practices say they didn’t agree to the fees for electronic payments. The MGMA is asking Congress for help.
Nursing leader welcomes $100M to train nurses, but says industry still faces crisis
The president of the American Nurses Association applauded the Biden administration for the grants, but said nurses still face violence, burnout and low wages.
Biden administration directs $100M to expand nursing workforce
The Department of Health and Human Services announced grants to increase the number of registered nurses, nurse midwives and nurse faculty.
Senators ask IRS to see if nonprofit hospitals are abusing tax-exempt status
The bipartisan group, including Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Grassley, say that health systems receive billions in breaks but are cutting services and acting aggressively to collect debts.
Bipartisan group of senators seeks to prevent ‘drastic cuts’ to hospitals
In October, a key Medicaid program for safety net hospitals is slated to be cut by $8 billion. Lawmakers say it could threaten the viability of hospitals and reduce care to those who need it most.
CMS approves 2024 inpatient payment rates, and hospitals are ‘deeply concerned’
Organizations representing hospitals say they fall short and don’t recognize their higher costs. And there is anger over planned cuts in aid to safety-net hospitals.
Rick Pollack, CEO of the American Hospital Association, talks with Chief Healthcare Executive
In an exclusive interview, he discusses financial and labor challenges, the need to make care more convenient, violence in hospitals, prior authorization, and improving health equity.
Dartmouth Health CEO Joanne Conroy outlines rural hospital crisis | AHA Leadership Summit
In an interview with Chief Healthcare Executive®, she talks about the difficulties, and the impact on local communities.
CMS blasted for 2024 payment proposals for doctors and hospitals
Healthcare groups assailed the proposals, saying they’ll hurt health systems and physicians.
After fatal shooting, Tennessee surgeon remembered as ‘beloved’ and ‘brilliant’
Authorities say Dr. Ben Mauck was shot and killed at the Campbell Clinic just outside Memphis. Some are demanding more protections for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.
Consumers fault insurers for delays in healthcare, polling finds
Doctors and nurses also fault payers for making their job harder, according to surveys by Morning Consult.
CMS offers $9B to hospitals in dispute over 340B drug discount program
Hospitals are urging the government to expedite the payments. But health systems are irked by CMS’ plans to cut spending in other areas, saying it ‘blunts’ the remedy.
Leader of nurse practitioners’ group aims to lift restrictions on authority
More states are giving nurse practitioners the ability to practice without the supervision of doctors. As the new president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Stephen Ferrara wants to continue that momentum.
Finding hope in court rulings on gender-affirming care for minors
Some states have passed laws to prevent children from getting such care. Meredithe McNamara of Yale talks about recent court rulings and why everyone should pay attention.
For medical schools, Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action changes the game
Medical colleges are disheartened by the decision. They aim to continue pursuing diversity efforts, but they said the court’s ruling could undo years of progress.
Improving diversity without considering race in admissions: Lessons from a medical school
California has barred public universities from weighing race for nearly 30 years. Mark Henderson of UC-Davis School of Medicine explains how the school still made gains in diversity.
Health groups denounce Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in college admissions
Medical schools had hoped the court would allow the consideration of race in admission decisions, but the conservative justices found it unconstitutional.
FTC looks to revamp review process of mergers
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed getting more information earlier to determine if there are competition issues. Regulators have applied more scrutiny to healthcare deals.
Hospitals say site-neutral policies could cost health systems billions
The American Hospital Association says proposals to reduce reimbursement for some outpatient services would result in painful cuts.
Nearly 300 members of Congress urge CMS to reform prior authorization in Medicare Advantage
The bipartisan group of lawmakers asked federal officials to finalize proposed measures to streamline the authorization process in the increasingly popular plans.
New CDC director Mandy Cohen hailed for problem solving and diplomacy
The incoming leader will need those skills as she faces intense partisan scrutiny from Congress.
In Los Angeles, hospital CEO pay could be capped
The city council approved a measure that would give voters the chance to impose a ceiling on the compensation of executives. Hospital groups have opposed the effort.
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