The American Hospital Association (AHA) is advocating for the creation of a new hospital designation for certain urban safety net hospitals. In a report released in mid-October 2022, as well as in an accompanying fact sheet and letter sent to congressional leaders, the AHA defines these so-called Metropolitan Anchor Hospitals (MAHs), outlines their importance to the communities they serve, and explains why MAHs deserve supplemental financial support from the government. (Read more...)

According to the White House, “Americans pay two to three times as much as people in other countries for prescription drugs, and one in four Americans who take prescription drugs struggle to afford their medications. Nearly 3 in 10 American adults who take prescription drugs say that they have skipped doses, cut pills in half, or not filled prescriptions due to cost.” In an effort to combat this growing crisis, both the federal government and private companies have taken a number of steps over the past year aiming to lower drug prices. This Health Capital Topics article will review those actions and the potential unintended consequences of these actions. (Read more...)

In the past two months, two retail giants – Walmart and Apple – have announced plans to enter the health insurance space. This direct entry into the health insurance market by non-traditional players has been encouraged in part by health insurer-retailer partnerships, which gained traction due to rising demand for Medicare Advantage (MA) in particular and the expansion of the types of benefits that MA plans may offer. This Health Capital Topics article will discuss reasons behind the insurer-retailer partnerships and how Walmart and Apple plan to disrupt the health insurance market. (Read more...) 

With Medicare’s recent decision to cover remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM), it is anticipated that the number of providers utilizing RTM with their patient panels will significantly increase, which growth (as of now) is limited only by the supply of RTM devices (which will be discussed further in the forthcoming fifth installment in this series) and the conditions that RTM may monitor. Currently, the use of RTM is limited to musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions. Consequently, RTM demand is driven by those with chronic musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions who may benefit from the services. (Read more...) 
"Physician Compensation Surveys - Is the New Normal Here?" authored by HCC President, Todd A. Zigrang, MBA, MHA, FACHE, CVA, ASA, and, HCC Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica Bailey-Wheaton, Esq., was published by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) in The Value Examiner.

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