AHA urges CMS to increase number of hospital-based labs under proposed rule; Medicare tests models under its bundled payment pilot program;

News From Around the Web

> The American Hospital Association sent a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asking the agency to increase the number of hospital-based and physician office laboratories that qualify as applicable laboratories under a proposed rule for the new Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Letter (.pdf)

> Anthony Nasralla, president and CEO of Pennsylvania's Titusville Area Hospital, will retire in July 2016, The Titusville Herald reports. Article

> Ken Johnson was recently named president and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System in Kansas, the system announced. Announcement

Health Insurance News

> Through its bundled payments pilot program, the Medicare program is testing models that it hopes will encourage higher-quality, lower-cost care--and ultimately influence how other payers test their own alternative payment models, according to a policy brief from Health Affairs. Article

> After examining the expenditures on the five highest-cost Medicare Part B drugs, a report by the Government Accountability Office found that high costs were concentrated among a small number of drugs and conditions. Article

And Finally... Hospitality at its finest. Article

 

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.