Azar hinted that Medicare Advantage plans could see pay boosts as part of the Trump administration's strategy to tackle maternal mortality rates, social determinants of health and rural healthcare access.
MedPAC claims that the Medicare Advantage star-rating system needs a revamp, considering its design enables health plans to fluff up their performance and adds about $6 billion a year to Medicare spending.
The next few years are likely to test the ability of the healthcare marketplace to meet the needs of those who use and pay for care. If employer efforts over transparency continue to be thwarted, significant policy intervention could be on the way.
The CMS administrator blamed hospital pay policies for spiking healthcare costs and vowed to fight rising prices through Medicare policies in order to fend off Democratic proposals on coverage expansion.
The Manhattan hospital is currently licensed for 683 beds, but hospital officials have said less than half that number are in use today. After the project, the new hospital will have only 70 beds plus its emergency room.
With Washington, D.C., slow to make progress on healthcare, we're looking to the laboratories of our democracy—the 50 state governments—to lead our nation and help chart a path advancing healthcare for everyone.