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CMS files proposed rule on hospital pricing

Laura Burns | Aug 1, 2019 | Federal

CMS filed a proposed rule on July 29 to increase transparency in hospital payment systems. According to CMS’s newsroom, this proposed rule will increase visibility in health care pricing structures, which will allow consumers to make more informed choices when looking to health care services. This proposed rule follows President...[ Read More ]

Trump administration announces plan to import drugs from Canada

Emily Viles | Jul 31, 2019 | Federal

This morning, the Trump administration announced it will begin the process of setting up a system for the importation of drugs into the US from Canada. The announcement follows months of consumer complaints regarding the high costs of drugs, and conversations with individual states regarding the potential importation.  “The landscape...[ Read More ]

Trump administration likely to deny Utah's 90/10 Medicaid funding request

Emily Viles | Jul 29, 2019 | Utah

The Washington Post reported late on Friday that the Trump Administration is likely to deny funding for Utah’s Medicaid expansion efforts.  We have been tracking Utah’s 1115 waiver, and the implementation of Medicaid expansion provisions passed during the legislative session, for several months. Before the 2019 session began, Utahns passed...[ Read More ]

Health Care Service Corporation Announces Leadership Changes

| Jul 25, 2019 | Federal

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest customer-owned health insurer, today announced the departure of President and CEO Paula Steiner, who led the organization since 2016. HCSC board member and former energy executive David J. Lesar will serve as interim CEO until Steiner’s replacement is named.  Maurice Smith, who...[ Read More ]

Use of telehealth rapidly increased according to FAIR Health report

Emily Viles | Jul 23, 2019 | Federal

The increased utilization of telehealth and telemedicine in the health care market have had noticeable impacts on the market itself. FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest database of privately billed health insurance claims, took a deep dive into their claims data and...[ Read More ]

CMS Responds to States and Releases State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Application Resources

| Jul 19, 2019 | Federal

Resource tools designed to help states better understand waiver regulations and available resources Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), released new resources to support states with improving their health insurance markets and making coverage more affordable through State Relief and Empowerment Waivers, also known as section 1332...[ Read More ]

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