In first blow to a CMS 2017 Final Rule, a court ruling in Missouri has invalidated the agency's attempt to deduct Medicare and private insurance payments as offsets when calculating outlays to hospitals under the DSH program.
Health care spending is expected to grow faster than the U.S. economy over the coming decade, government actuaries said Wednesday, as prices for medical goods and services rise and the baby-boom generation ages.
Physicians who are anxious about year 2 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) got some relief from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) official, but some of the agency's answers were still pretty fuzzy.
Private insurance spending for hospital care is decelerating, owing to aging Baby Boomers transitioning to Medicare, the impending repeal of the individual mandate, and the growth of high-deductible plans that constrain utilization.
An Illinois House committee plans to consider a revised plan for doling out federal Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals as numbers show the adjustment could force two South Side Chicago hospitals to close.