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The House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee met to examine legislative proposals to improve Medicaid access and program integrity and heard testimony by Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Director Daniel Tsai.

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The bipartisan legislation's sponsors say it would benefit hospitals by reducing emergency department crowding and costs attributed to non-reimbursable emergency services.

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The Welcome Back to the Health Care Workforce Act, endorsed by America's Essential Hospitals, seeks to ease persistent workforce shortages with federal grants to help internationally educated health care professionals overcome barriers to entering the U.S. workforce.

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The draft includes proposals regarding manufacturer restrictions on contract pharmacies, patient definition, transparency, and other aspects of the drug discount program. It follows a request for information issued by a bipartisan working group of senators last year.

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Congressional leaders announced a new, two-part continuing resolution that would fund some government agencies through March 1 and others through March 8; a continued delay of an $8 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding is in the latter.

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The Republicans' House speaker nominee, Rep. Jim Jordan, of Ohio, failed to secure the votes needed on a first ballot, with 20 fellow GOP lawmakers voting against him. It was unclear whether he could win a majority to gain the speakership.

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The 11th-hour measure to fund the federal government through Nov. 17 pushed back a damaging $8 billion cut to Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments that had been scheduled for Oct. 1.

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The agency shared three sample formats to help hospital staff build machine readable files to comply with the Hospital Price Transparency Rule.

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Essential Insights

A new analysis from corporate affiliate member Guidehouse shows that health care’s chaotic market — rising expenses and unprecedented patient demand — affects academic medical centers (AMCs) more dramatically than non-AMCs.

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The Dec. 8 webcast will offer hospitals information and resources to prepare for publishing standard charges, including negotiated rates, for all services in a machine-readable format and display prices of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.

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As the impeachment trial ends, House and Senate leaders will transition back to their legislative priorities, including reducing out-of-pocket health care costs.

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In response to a joint proposal, America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern about mandating the public posting of payer-specific negotiated rates and urged the departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services to seek alternatives that better serve consumers.

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America's Essential Hospitals examines the complicated issue of price transparency and how to ensure patients receive clear, usable information to make informed decisions about their care.

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state-action

California recently became the first state to release data on wholesale acquisition cost increases for prescription drugs.

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Essential Insights

The tools include trainings and resources to help providers, patients, and health care organizations engage in cost of care conversations.

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New guidance from the National Governors Association includes comprehensive approaches states may consider to confront aspects of surprise medical billing.

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Essential Insights

Developed through research, these tools support respectful, productive conversations about health care costs that often take very little time.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for calendar year 2020 would continue cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to off-campus provider-based departments and introduce new transparency requirements.

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Americans have repeatedly voiced their desire for policymakers to reduce high health care costs; Congress and the Trump Administration — and even state leaders — have heard their message loud and clear.

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As Congress returns from the July Fourth recess, lawmakers focus on legislation to reduce surprise medical bills and prescription drug costs, as well as extend short-term funding for community behavioral health clinics.

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The administration issued a June 24 executive order addressing hospital price disclosure, quality measurement, data sharing, and the expanded use of health savings accounts.

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A House-passed bill to extend funding for Medicaid programs heads to the Senate; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions introduced the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

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Gain tools to help health care leadership create the organizational change needed to support cost of care conversations.

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A recent webinar shared research findings and tools for health care providers to initiate conversations about cost of medication with vulnerable patients.

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state-action

The legislation requires the state’s hospitals to make more of their financial information publicly available and calls on the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop an annual report on uncompensated hospital costs and expenditures.

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In a recent webinar, presenters shared research and tools to break down barriers to having cost conversations with patients.

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