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In a first for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it stripped a hospital’s nonprofit tax status over failing to meet charity care requirements which went into effect, though the unnamed hospital also claimed it didn’t want or need tax-exempt status.

If payment of cost-sharing reduction subsidies, or CSRs, for insurers offering coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace are terminated, premiums would be 20 percent higher on average in 2018 and federal spending would increase, but the ACA market would remain stable, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

When it comes to finding waste in their labor costs, healthcare leaders need to sweat the small stuff, according to Chip Newton, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

CMS has pushed back the deadline for insurers to file their final 2018 rate requests for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges until Sept. 5, giving companies extra time to decide what plans and prices to offer.

Two studies published in the August edition of Health Affairs emphasized while patients like the idea of having healthcare prices available for comparison shopping, in practice, few actually take advantage of the tools.

 

Recent Headlines

Physician compensation up nearly 3%; productivity, collections flat as costs rise

Most doctors saw a similar increase in compensation last year as they had in 2015, with an average raise of 2.9 percent across all specialties reported in the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) annual medical group compensation and productivity survey. Productivity, however, remained flat, and the move to value-based incentives in compensation continues to be slower than anticipated.

Urgent care operator American Family Care lands $1B investment

Private equity and real estate firm American Development Partners has agreed to invest $1 billion into American Family Care, the largest operator of urgent care centers in the U.S, to accelerate its expansion plans.

Recognizing Medicare Advantage as Advanced APM supported by members of Congress

24 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written CMS asking the agency to include risk-based Medicare Advantage (MA) arrangements to count towards requirements for Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

5 things to know about 2018 physician fee schedule, OPPS proposed rules

CMS has released its proposed rules for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System, with the biggest change being halving the Medicare reimbursement for off-campus services.

House’s HHS budget defies Trump on NIH funding, keeps ONC cuts

President Donald Trump had proposed a 16 percent cut across HHS in his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, but the Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee added $14.5 billion over his request in its own budget proposal released on July 12.

Q&A with Experian exec: Embrace payment plans before going to collections

Jason Considine, senior vice president of patient collections and engagement at Experian Health, argued at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference in Orlando that providers should first rely on leveraging data and crafting flexible payment options before paying any contingency fees to collectors. He spoke with HealthExec about mistakes providers are making with their collection practices and what data they need to improve the process.

Insurers see record earnings on ACA exchange plans in Q1 2017

Insurance companies earned an average of $298 per member in plans offered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in the first quarter of 2017, the best first quarter performance since the exchanges opened.

919,000 healthcare jobs could be lost under Senate healthcare bill

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would eliminate one of every 22 healthcare jobs by 2026, according to a new study from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund.

Q&A with TransUnion execs: Patients are the new payers

One of the most frequently discussed topics from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference was the need to increase patient engagement when it comes to payment as out-of-pocket costs and deductibles continue to rise.

Billionaire doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong to take over 6 California hospitals

NantWorks, the company run by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, will take over operations at six California hospitals after acquiring controlling interest in Integrity Healthcare, the management company of Verity Health System.

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