AHA finally supports federal price transparency legislation; the states are taking the lead

This month, the American Hospital Association has made an about-face and is now supporting a bill in Congress that promotes price transparency.  The information made available under such a scheme would clearly be a boon to consumer directed health plans (see HealthBlawg posts on CDH), including plans making use of health savings accounts (see HealthBlawg […]

CMS puts out second, parallel, gainsharing RFP

Shortly after issuing an demonstration project RFP under MMA 646 (see earlier post), CMS finally issued its RFP for gainsharing demonstration projects under DRA 5007.  Up to six projects will be approved, and the applicants are to be hospitals, working with physicians.  Applications are due November 17, 2006.

IOM recommends P4P for Medicare

The proverbial 800-pound gorilla of health care seems poised to jump on the pay-for-performance (P4P) bandwagon. Last week, the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that Medicare start moving in that direction — though in a measured, gradual way, acknowledging that there’s still precious little data on P4P programs, no truly standardized metrics, and […]

Free money for emergency care provided to undocumented aliens? Many providers say no thanks

The $1 billion in Federal dollars set aside for this program (see earlier post on the subject) is largely untouched — only about 15% of available monies have been claimed.  Reasons cited in a Chicago Tribune story range from lack of interest in complying with onerous documentation requirements for a 33-cents-on-the-dollar payment, to concern that […]

Massachusetts assisted living regs rewritten

Following the recommendations of a commission established by the legislature in 2004, the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs adopted final revised assisted living regulations in August.  The new regulations may be viewed here.  A redline against the prior version is available here.  Certified assisted living facilities have until December 10 to come into compliance with […]