Healthcare’s 5 Biggest Stories, Week of April 29, 2019 | The Healthy Muse

Healthcare’s 5 Biggest Stories, Week of April 29, 2019

1. CMS Inpatient Payment Proposal Released

  • 3.2% increase for acute care hospitals that report quality data metrics to CMS and use their electronic health records in a meaningful way;
  • 3.7% total estimated rate increase for all inpatient providers, when taking into account all new payment policies and uncompensated care;
  • About a 2.6% increase in hospital DSH payments (we’ve covered this before in our January 11 edition — 5th story — payments for hospitals that have a higher proportion of charity care patients);
  • Site neutral payment adjustments for hospital outpatient departments, which could have much broader implications on health system consolidation (FYI, hospitals are NOT pleased about this change) in addition to decreased physician employment by hospitals.

2. Healthcare Stocks Bounce Back

3. State of Washington Bill Restricts Nurse’s Shifts

4. PBMs Taking Advantage of Medicaid?

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Blake Madden

Blake Madden

I write about healthcare. Policy, business, digital health, & more. Written in plain English. Here to connect, learn, and continue the healthcare convo.