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Recent articles by Robert:

AHA asks federal court to closely scrutinize how CMS repays hospitals over 340B payment cuts

Hospitals that weren't affected by cuts to the 340B drug discount program shouldn’t be required to repay any of those funds now that the Supreme Court ruled such cuts were unlawful, a key industry | The AHA asked a federal court to scrutinize how CMS will repay hospitals for years of cuts to 340B drug discount program payments. → Read More

HHS declares public health emergency over monkeypox

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a public health emergency to combat the growing monkeypox outbreak as U.S. cases surge past 6,000. | HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a public health emergency on the monkeypox outbreak as cases in the U.S. surge past 6,000. → Read More

Senate reaches deal to extend enhanced ACA premiums for 3 years and on drug price reform

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has reached a deal with centrist holdout Sen. | Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin reached a deal on a broad spending package that includes a three-year extension of enhanced ACA subsidies. → Read More

MACPAC: States press for exact date for ending of COVID-19 public health emergency

Some states surveyed by a congressional advisory group want an exact date when the COVID-19 public health emergency expires and with it a requirement to not drop anyone from Medicaid’s rolls. | Some states surveyed by MACPAC said having a set end date for the COVID-19 public health emergency can help them prepare for the unwinding and with it a major task to redetermine Medicaid eligibility. → Read More

House could vote this week on bill to extend telehealth flexibilities through 2024

The House of Representatives could vote as early as this week on a bill to extend major flexibilities for telehealth reimbursement through 2024. | The House could vote as early as this week on major legislation that would extend telehealth flexibilities for Medicare reimbursement through 2024. → Read More

ACA preventive services provision in legal danger after latest lawsuit

A key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires insurers to cover key preventive services without cost-sharing is facing a major legal challenge that could wind up going to the Supreme Co | Advocates are worried that a federal judge will strike down the Affordable Care Act's preventive services requirement, which is the subject of a major lawsuit over the provision's legality. → Read More

CBO: Extending enhanced ACA subsidies permanently may net 4.8M increase in sign-ups each year

Extending enhanced subsidies on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA's) insurance exchanges would lead to 4.8 million new sign-ups a year and slight declines in non-group coverage, a key congressional sc | The Congressional Budget Office projected permanently extending enhanced ACA subsidies would lead to an increase of nearly 5 million sign-ups a year. → Read More

CMS to raise hospital payments to buy N95 masks, proposes 2.7% pay hike for facilities

The Biden administration is proposing a 2.7% increase to outpatient payment rates for hospitals for 2023 and an enhanced payment if a facility buys domestically manufactured N95 respirator masks.&n | CMS is proposing to offer enhanced Medicare payments to hospitals for buying domestically manufactured N95 masks in an attempt to avert supply chain shortages previously felt during the pandemic. → Read More

Manchin agrees to 2-year extension for ACA subsidy boost in drug prices deal: report

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, has agreed to a two-year extension for Affordable Care Act subsidies, potentially staving off major rate hikes for the 2023 coverage year. | Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, has reportedly agreed to a two-year extension of enhanced ACA subsidies as part of a deal to lower drug prices. → Read More

HHS warns retail pharmacies to not curb access to birth control, abortion pill prescriptions

The Biden administration is reminding about 60,000 retail pharmacies that they still must provide abortion pills, birth control and other reproductive care treatments under federal civil rights law | HHS released guidance to retail pharmacies that any attempt to curb dispensing reproductive access drugs could be a violation of federal civil rights laws. → Read More

Manchin reluctant to add ACA subsidy extension to narrow spending deal

A key senator would not commit to extending enhanced subsidies for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans as part of a larger spending package, throwing the prospects for an extension into limbo. | Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia,, is reluctant to support adding an extension to enhanced ACA subsidies in a narrow spending package that already includes a landmark drug pricing reform deal. → Read More

Merck sues HHS to avoid fine over 340B contract pharmacy restrictions

Merck is suing the Biden administration to avoid potential fines for cutting off 340B contract pharmacies from getting discounted products. | Merck filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration seeking to overturn a warning letter from HRSA surrounding its decision to cut off sales of 340B products to contract pharmacies. → Read More

House lawmakers search for ways to shore up Medicare hospital trust fund

New legislation seeks to close key tax loopholes in a bid to extend the solvency of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Fund by another decade and avert a looming shortfall. | New legislation seeks to close tax loopholes and redirect the revenue to help shore up the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund that is projected to go insolvent in six years. → Read More

HHS issues new guidance to docs that emergency care includes abortions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued clarifying guidance to doctors that abortions are considered part of life-saving emergency medical care, despite what a state law may say. → Read More

Study finds rampant 'phantom' docs on Medicaid network directories in Oregon

A new study found most network directory listings in Oregon’s Medicaid program were “phantom” providers that didn’t take Medicaid payments. | A study published in Health Affairs found a majority of mental health providers don't see Medicaid patients in Oregon despite being on managed care directories. → Read More

Senate Democrats release deal on drug price negotiations, Part D and Medicare Advantage cap

Senate Democrats have narrowly reached a deal on legislation to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices. | Senate Democrats released a deal Wednesday aimed at giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices and include inflationary caps on Medicare drug costs. → Read More

CMMI finds implicit bias in 3 major payment models

An analysis of three existing payment models found certain screening tools and other designs led to some Medicare beneficiaries being excluded and prompted the creation of a new guide on how to roo | An analysis of three value-based care payment models conducted by CMMI found that screening, risk adjustment and other tools contributed to an implicit racial bias. → Read More

HHS, AMA dismayed by Supreme Court's controversial EPA power plant ruling

Providers and the Biden administration say a landmark Supreme Court ruling curtailing the ability to combat climate change will have dire implications for public health. | HHS and AMA blasted the Supreme Court's ruling that severely curtailed the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, saying that public health will be harmed. → Read More

Hospitals may have to wait to recoup 340B payments after Supreme Court ruling, attorneys say

Hospitals scored a major victory last week when the Supreme Court ruled nearly 30% in cuts t | Even though the Supreme Court ruled a nearly 30% cut to 340B payments was unlawful, hospitals shouldn't necessarily expect a quick repayment anytime soon, attorneys say. → Read More

Kaufman Hall: Revenue and volume bump not enough to turn around margins for hospitals in May

While hospitals and health systems saw increases in patient volumes and revenues in May, it was not enough to overcome colossal increases in labor expenses at every level, a new report finds. | Slight increases in patient volumes and operating revenue were not enough for hospitals and health systems to overcome lingering expenses for labor and other areas, a Kaufman Hall report finds. → Read More