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James Cetrone

Digital Communications Specialist

Jamie Cetrone is the senior communications specialist at America's Essential Hospitals.

The final rule for calendar year 2023 continues certain flexible telehealth policies, overhauls the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and revises the Quality Payment Program.

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The final rule reverses Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, continues site-neutral payment policies, and revises the inpatient-only list, among other proposed changes.

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Our proposal would codify a designation of essential hospitals in statute, allowing lawmakers to better target support to improve access to care and public health.

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A new report details the second phase of a Kresge Foundation–funded project that supported climate-related projects at three member hospitals.

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The new final rule narrows the types of benefits considered in public charge determinations by excluding nonemergency Medicaid and other in-kind benefits that were in the 2019 final rule.

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A federal district court ruled that HHS must pay hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program the full Medicare Part B drug payment rate for the remainder of calendar year 2022.

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A September continuing resolution provides a potential legislative vehicle for health policy provisions. We summarize key workforce priorities and actions from Congress, the administration, and the association.

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Notable for essential hospitals, the bill contains an extension of Affordable Care Act advance premium tax credits, and historic drug pricing provisions that give the federal government power to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.

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America’s Essential Hospitals asks that you urge your U.S. House lawmakers to cosponsor the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 7961), legislation that would protect caregivers from workplace violence.

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The Aug. 22 webinar will complement other federal resources on the annual 340B Drug Pricing Program recertification period for hospitals, open from Aug. 24 to Sept. 19.

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A proposed rule for Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2023 would reverse Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, continue site-neutral payment policies, and revise the inpatient-only list, among other proposed changes.

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This State Policy Snapshot explores how legislatures are responding to the recent discriminatory actions by pharmacy benefit managers and other payers by enacting 340B-related nondiscrimination legislation.

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A proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2023 would extend telehealth regulatory flexibility, make changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and revise the Quality Payment Program.

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The proposed rule includes numerous policy and payment changes for Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2023, including a 3.2 percent increase in inpatient payment rates.

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Telehealth is an important tool to connect providers and patients, and this technology only became more vital as the pandemic prevented patients from accessing in-office care. This State Policy Snapshot explores how some states have pursued action to make telehealth flexibility permanent.

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The health of people and communities is only as strong as the investments we make to ensure access to high-quality, affordable care and reduce disparities.

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Although cases are declining nationwide, safety net hospitals have not recuperated from the effects of the pandemic on their finances and still need additional resources.

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Ensuring a reliable safety net, one ready to meet the moment in any crisis, means robustly protecting and bolstering the mechanisms and ideals that make the safety net function.

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The proposed rule limits the types of benefits considered in public charge determinations to exclude nonemergency Medicaid and other in-kind benefits that were in the 2019 final rule.

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The House-passed bill does not allocate additional COVID-19 relief for providers on the front lines of the pandemic. An initial version of the legislation included $15.6 billion in COVID-19 related spending — a scaled-back version of the $22.5 billion requested by the Biden administration.

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A final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services addresses the distribution of 1,000 new graduate medical education slots and other policies.

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A letter to state Medicaid directors defines supplemental payments and designates a system to submit required supplemental payment reports. CMS also notes a lack of data to determine the application of an exception to new rules on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital uncompensated care limits.

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Cutting the DSH program — especially with hospitals still on the front lines of COVID-19 — is misguided. Our latest Our View dispels common misconceptions about these proposed DSH cuts.

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The pressures of the COVID-19 public health emergency led to significant burnout among the health care workforce. This State Policy Snapshot summarizes how state and local governments sought relief to help meet this challenge.

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Final rules for Medicare’s OPPS and PFS for CY 2022 continue Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program; continue site-neutral payment policies; and halt elimination of the inpatient-only (IPO) list.

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CMS recently announced vaccination requirements for providers as a condition of participating in Medicare and Medicaid. Simultaneously, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released an emergency temporary standard for employers with at least 100 employees.

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To support the sustainability of the health care safety net, policymakers should include essential hospital priorities in the final reconciliation legislative package.

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Essential hospitals continue to experience increased costs and fewer resources, including staffing, due to the pandemic. We call on Congress to address various priorities to ensure our members remain able to carry out their mission to serve people who face social and financial barriers to care.

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Released on Oct. 7, part II of the No Surprises Act interim final rule outlines the independent dispute resolution process for out-of-network services and protections for uninsured and self-pay patients.

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A total of $25.5 billion will be available, including $17 billion through the Provider Relief Fund and $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for providers serving rural patients. Providers can apply for the new funding Sept. 29.

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The Society of Hospital Medicine study invites association members to participate at no cost and receive mentoring and educational resources, access to data, and collaboration.

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