Entries by Joseph Steinbock

Feds Update Provider Relief Fund Spending, Reporting Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services  has revised its requirements for reporting on and expending CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments. Today HHS and its Health Resources and Services Administration  announced that they have increased the amount of time providers will have to report information and extended key deadlines for expending Provider Relief Fund […]

Hospitals Lower on Resources Less Likely to Help Patients See Health Data

Hospitals with fewer resources are less likely to offer app-based approaches that enable their patients to see their medical data, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the federal agency that oversees such matters. While patient access to their data has increased markedly in recent years, investment in the technology […]

Low Payments Aren’t Only Factor Keeping Docs Away From Medicaid

It has long been assumed that low payments are the primary reason doctors choose not to serve Medicaid patients. It now appears, though, that there may be another, no-less important reason:  challenges associated with billing Medicaid. A new study found that doctors struggle to do busine      ss with Medicaid more than they do with other […]

New Health Care Leaders Share Priorities

New leaders at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation are quickly making their priorities known to health care industry stakeholders. For new CMS administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, her priority is coverage.  She has declared that “Our focus is going to be on making sure regulations and policies […]

Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Rise

Medicaid enrollment in 36 states rose 17.7 percent from February 2020 to March 2021. Leading the way were two Medicaid expansion states, Utah and Nebraska, which saw their Medicaid enrollment increase 37.6 percent and 30.9 percent, respectively. Other states with major increases in Medicaid enrollment were Missouri (26.5 percent), Illinois (26.3 percent), and Indiana (25.7 […]