Entries by Joseph Steinbock

NASH Urges MedPAC to Reconsider “Safety-Net Hospital”

Following a recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission during which commission members discussed the challenges inherent in attempting to identify safety-net hospitals, NASH has written to the agency to suggest that it consider a different approach to targeting such hospitals. In its letter, NASH urges MedPAC to recommend that Medicare look not at […]

Innovation Center Unveils Blueprint

The CMS Innovation Center has published a document that shares its strategic direction for the coming years. Driving Health System Transformation – A Strategy for the CMS Innovation Center’s Second Decade reviews the lessons the agency has learned over the past ten years and lays out its objectives for the next ten: Drive Accountable Care […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Tuesday, October 19

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Provider Relief Fund:  Reminder That Applications Are Now Being Accepted The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened its portal for providers […]

Lotteries Didn’t Boost Vaccine Acceptance

Highly publicized lotteries for vaccinate-resistant individuals who changed their minds and got their shot in exchange for an opportunity to win a six- or seven-figure drawing did little, if anything, to persuade people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Or so concludes a new study published by JAMA Network. In all, 19 states tied big-money lotteries […]

NASH Lauds Creation of Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus

In a letter to the new Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus, the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals expressed its appreciation for the group’s creation and said it would like to work in partnership with the caucus to identify health inequities and help develop ways to address them. NASH noted that private safety-net hospitals “…have […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Tuesday, October 12

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Provider Relief Fund:  Reminder That Applications Are Now Being Accepted The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened its portal for providers […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Wednesday, October 6

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Provider Relief Fund:  Reminder That Applications Are Now Being Accepted The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened its portal for providers […]

Changes Coming in Innovation Center Payment Models

Future Medicare payment models will probably feature less risk for participants and a greater emphasis on health equity. At least that is the vision shared by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief operating officer Jon Blum during a recent conference. While not backing away from including risk in future value-based purchasing models, CMS and […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Thursday, September 30

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Provider Relief Fund:  Applications Are Now Being Accepted The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened its portal for providers to apply […]

Federal Health Policy Update for Tuesday, September 28

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Provider Relief Fund:  Application Reminder Beginning on September 29, health care providers may apply for $25.5 billion in health care relief funds, including […]