John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.
CMS says enrollment growth is driven largely by the Public Health Emergency and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act's continuous enrollment mandate.
The rate of growth in 2019 was down slightly from the 4.7% rate in 2018 but consistent with the average annual spending growth rate of 4.5% since 2016.
The pact looks to create "a joint undergraduate and graduate medical education program to educate and train the next generation of culturally competent health clinicians and researchers."
Patients, not payments, are now the biggest barrier to telehealth adoption among healthcare executives responding to a survey in a new HealthLeaders Intelligence Report.
House and Senate leaders announced that an agreement had been reached on the "No Surprises Act," which also establishes a mediation framework for providers and payers to resolve payment disputes.
President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign the resolution, which delays a government shutdown that would have taken effect at midnight Friday.
A UCLA-led study found that 30-day mortality rates are 23% higher for patients 65 and older who are treated on a surgeon's birthday.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would amend provisions of the Privacy Rule that could stymie coordinated care and case management or impose other regulatory burdens.
Telehealth will have a more significant positive impact on cost trends in 2021 and beyond as its usage becomes more engrained with consumers and expands to a broader set of medical specialties.
Hospitals will face continued financial stress in the first half of 2021, at least until vaccines are widely available.