News from the Week of February 7 2014

Maryland Hospitals Now Wondering How They Got Here

Maybe this was predictable?

Maybe this was predictable?

Maryland’s rate-setting agency and hospitals need to figure out how to pay for the changes, since negotiating this huge deal with CMS to hold down costs. Evidently, in a move eerily similar to the Congressional playbook, no one figured out ahead of time how hospitals will be able to pay for the IT, staff and new partnerships they will need under the new model.

Maryland hospitals don’t know how they’ll cover costs of new regulations

Oh.. and SGR is Fixed. But Who Gets the Bill?

Hint: There are no instructions available.

Hint: There are no instructions available.

Congress has forged a long-awaited deal to push Medicare’s payment system for physicians to a value-based model. But lawmakers have only seven weeks to agree on how to pay for it. See? Same playbook.

Congress has forged a long-awaited deal to push Medicare’s payment system for physicians to a value-based model. But lawmakers have only seven weeks to agree on how to pay for it.

$128B SGR Repeal Deal Needs a Payment Plan

… and We’re Not Done Fixing SGR Anyway

Here, there's ALWAYS room for improvement

Here, there’s ALWAYS room for improvement

See, there’s still some pretty significant changes being proposed that affect both SGR and the Meaningful Use incentive program. So there.

Proposed SGR fix revamps Meaningful Use program

 

Not Expanding Medicaid? Think again.

What's in YOUR Wallet?

What’s in YOUR Wallet?

The Wall Street Journal thinks that hospitals will wind up being the ones who pay for any state’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the ACA. The financial picture for hospitals in states that failed to expand Medicaid doesn’t look good, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hospitals pay for states’ refusal to expand Medicaid

 

 

Another Country Heard From: AHA Notices Posted

Round and round we go...

Round and round we go… after all, that’s what our dues are for.

Finally. Several things, listed here in case you missed them. The titles are pretty self-explanatory.

CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy an Additional Six Months, Releases New Guidance
Congressional Leaders Unveil SGR Replacement Legislation
AHA, Health Organizations Oppose Reductions in Medicare to Pay for Non-Medicare Related Spending
House Leaders Working on Debt Limit Package – Package would extend sequester cuts

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