Entries by Joseph Steinbock

NASH Seeks Changes in Provider Relief Fund Distributions

Concerned that some private safety-net hospitals have not received Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 distributions and that others have not received adequate grants, the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals has written to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to ask for changes in HHS’s approach to the CARES Act grants intended to help hospitals […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Friday, May 14

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. NASH Advocacy NASH has written to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to urge his department to apply more appropriate criteria and […]

CMS to Hospitals: We’re Watching You

The federal government is watching to see whether hospitals are following its new rules on price transparency. And apparently, not all hospitals are. Since the first of the year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been monitoring hospitals’ compliance with a new rule that requires public disclosure of their prices, and in April […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Wednesday, May 12

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. The White House COVID-19 The White House has announced additional efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including free rides to […]

Medicaid Enrollment Rises During Pandemic, But…

As expected, Medicaid enrollment has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on the JAMA Network. But necessarily for the reason that might be expected. According to the report, Medicaid enrollment rose from 48.2 million to 51.8 million between January 2019 and September 2020, or 1.6 percent, in Affordable Care Act Medicaid […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Monday, May 3

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 3.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. The White House COVID-19 The White House has posted a transcript of the April 30 press briefing provided by its COVID-19 response team […]

Surprise Billing Ban: Now the Hard Part Begins

Congress’s passage of a ban on surprise medical bills came after years of debate on the issue and was still somewhat of a surprise. But in hindsight, passing the ban may end up being the easy part. Now, federal officials need to develop regulations that will flesh out the ban, define terms, establish new processes, […]