CMS to require hospitals to post prices online | Hospitals use SNF strategies in bundled-payment programs | State regulators take action to restrict association health plans
August 9, 2018
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On the Provider Front
CMS to require hospitals to post prices online
The CMS issued a final rule requiring hospitals to post a list of their standard charges on the internet as part of the administration's broader efforts to reduce health care costs by improving price transparency. Under the rule, which is effective Jan. 1, hospitals must update the information annually.
The Hill (8/3),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (8/3) 
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Hospitals use SNF strategies in bundled-payment programs
A study in Health Affairs found hospitals in Medicare's hip and knee replacement bundled-payment programs that create strong linkages with skilled nursing facilities may reduce readmission rates, hospital lengths of stay and costs. The hospitals in the study use two strategies, reducing SNF referrals and partnering with SNFs, to address financial risk.
HealthLeaders Media (8/6) 
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On the Payer Front
State regulators take action to restrict association health plans
A number of state insurance regulators have implemented or are considering measures to limit or bar the operation of association health plans over concerns that expanded access to such plans could threaten the stability of their individual insurance markets. California, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont are among states that have announced rules requiring AHPs to comply with existing Affordable Care Act rules and state laws.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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CMS to let MA plans negotiate lower prices for Part B drugs
The CMS announced Tuesday that it will be allowing Medicare Advantage plans to negotiate lower prices for doctor-administered drugs covered under Part B as part of the Trump administration's broader effort to cut prescription drug costs. Effective next year, MA plans will be permitted to use a cost-saving tool called step therapy, which gives payers the option to offer patients the most-preferred and often least expensive therapy first, before moving them to a more expensive drug if the initial treatment is not effective.
The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (8/7),  The Hill (8/7),  Healthcare Finance (8/7) 
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HIT Developments
Guide outlines best practices for EHR security on mobile devices
New guidance, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, aims to promote health data security with best practices for collecting, processing, sharing or storing patient EHRs on mobile devices. The guide outlines a security simulation used to develop and test ideas, offers instructions for recreating the reference design, and identifies key security characteristics for protecting EHRs on mobile devices.
EHR Intelligence (8/2) 
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Trends in Health Care
Health care deals focus on care integration, consumerism
A survey of 45 health care leaders found 24% are pursuing a merger or acquisition for increased care integration, while 16% are seeking mergers to keep up "with the increasing prevalence of consumerism." Almost 8 in 10 were investing in ambulatory, urgent care and retail clinics.
RevCycle Intelligence (8/3) 
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Aon News
The Fast Lane: What driverless cars mean for innovation and risk
Cars are changing more drastically now than at any other point in their history. And it's no wonder: From 2014 to 2017, an estimated $80 billion was invested in autonomous vehicle technology. Alongside this continued investment, three primary trends are shaping the future of cars: electric technology, autonomy and mobility services. Learn more about these trends and their impact on the future of our roads here.
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Q2 2018 property market dynamics report
Utilizing Aon data, Aon's Property Market Dynamics Report captures the state of the insurance industry following the second costliest year on record for losses, covering changes in pricing, limits, deductibles/retentions, coverage, capacity and losses. Download report.
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