Hospitals have adopted a take-no-prisoners approach in the fight with Big Pharma over the 340B drug discount program. Can this strategy hold as Congress, oversight agencies, the courts and the Trump administration ratchet up scrutiny of the program?
HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a meeting with several key House GOP lawmakers suggested standardizing the discount for 340B drugs at 20% of list price, far below the current 40% to 60% discount.
Verity Health System announced it is exploring strategic options, including the sale of one or all of its locations, as part of the California system's ongoing effort to relieve financial and operational challenges.
HHS is planning a new rule to set ceiling prices for the 340B drug discount program, despite many delays to implement an earlier rule on the issue.
The CMS has appealed a Missouri federal court's decision that stopped the agency from clawing back money from Missouri hospitals' disproportionate-share hospital allotments.
A proposed bill that shakes up the way Illinois hospitals get Medicaid dollars contains a plan that would allow any medical center in the state to essentially close and become a free-standing emergency center.
Congress' decision to delay Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payment cuts has the double benefit of sprucing up the credit quality of safety-net hospitals and local governments, according to Moody's Investors Service.
Hospitals are lobbying Congress hard to delay disproportionate-share hospital payment cuts yet again. But a possible government shutdown looms, and that could spell big funding cuts for some providers.
Chicago's South Shore Hospital, in a bid to stay open under a mountain of unpaid bills, is slashing salaries by 10%, laying off employees and seeking concessions from vendors.
Gwinnett Medical Center's new unit dedicated to holding psychiatric patients that visit its emergency department is taking an innovative approach to a problem hospitals across the country continue to face.
Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw them into more financial instability as the providers face a continuing crisis of closures.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said if Congress doesn't restore disproportionate-share hospital payments by the end of the year, the state Legislature may have to convene for a special session. The state is holding onto the funds until it can determine an equitable way to distribute the money.