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Nov 3, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services today renewed the nation’s monkeypox public health emergency declaration for another 90 days. When the PHE was announced in August, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., said the declaration would provide access to resources and flexibilities, expedite state data sharing, and provide more detailed data on testing and hospitalizations.
Nov 3, 2022
U.S. hospitals and health systems in September experienced their ninth consecutive month of negative operating margins, according to the report released yesterday by Kaufman Hall. Median operating margins were down 46% in September compared to a year ago, driven by declining revenues and discharges as sicker patients and labor shortages in post-acute care increased average length of stay, according to data from over 900 hospitals.
Nov 3, 2022
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released a report confirming deceptive marketing practices by Medicare Advantage plans, which found an increase in complaints from 2020 to 2021. The report recommends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reinstate certain MA plan requirements and hold bad actors accountable; require agents and brokers to adhere to best practices; implement robust MA marketing rules; and support unbiased beneficiary information sources.
Nov 3, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released updated guidelines for clinicians prescribing opioids to outpatients for short- or long-term pain, which replace guidelines released in 2016.
Nov 3, 2022
Responding this week to House members asking how Congress could improve physician payment under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the AHA encouraged statutory and regulatory efforts to advance and flexibly implement value-based and alternative payment models.
Nov 2, 2022
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency encourages OpenSSL users and administrators to upgrade to version 3.0.7 to patch two high-severity vulnerabilities that threat actors could leverage to crash or take control of a computer system.
Nov 2, 2022
The FDA revised its emergency use authorizations for all COVID-19 antigen tests to authorize serial testing and require updates to product labeling regarding serial testing, and designated the recall of 60,500 filters used in breathing systems a Class I recall.
Nov 2, 2022
AHA today released a new report and infographic showing how some commercial health insurers, including Medicare Advantage plans, can cause dangerous delays in care, undue burden on the health care workforce, and add billions of dollars in unnecessary costs to the health care system
Nov 1, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today posted a final rule on its website that will increase Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by a net 3.8% in calendar year 2023 compared to 2022. This update is based on a market basket percentage increase of 4.1%, reduced by 0.3 percentage points for productivity.
Nov 1, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released on its website its calendar year 2023 final rule for the physician fee schedule. The rule will cut the conversion factor to $33.06 in CY 2023 from $34.61 in CY 2022, which reflects the expiration of the temporary 3% statutory payment increase; a 0.00% conversion factor update; and a budget-neutrality adjustment.