A tip of the hat to Tom Mayo at HealthLawBlog, who posted yesterday’s news on the Arnold’s unsurprising veto of the California universal health care bill (link to story on the bill from my earlier post here), and the release of a Congressional study on health care access and affordability, laying out a five-year plan […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]