The state of Ohio has canceled a planned $1.1 billion Ohio Medicaid cut to hospitals, saying an uptick in the economy and reshuffling money in the health care program has prevented the reduction. (Cleveland.com)
A decision was issued Friday on Mercy Hospital v. Alex Azar in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Mercy Hospital’s challenge to the Medicare Contractor’s LIP adjustments for fiscal years 2002 through 2004 for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar recently held a roundtable discussion with leaders from medical device companies and the industry group AdvaMed. Secretary Azar mentioned that he was especially interested in hearing from the individual participants about ways to advance HHS’s priority of paying for value in healthcare, as well as ways medical technology innovation can assist in another HHS priority, combating the opioid crisis. (HHS.gov)
University Hospitals (UH) announced yesterday that Walmart has selected UH Cleveland Medical Center as a national Center of Excellence to provide joint-replacement surgery and orthopedic care for Walmart employees and their families. (UHHospitals.org)
Leaders from across the health care field have come together to form the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF). PAHCF is a diverse, patient-focused coalition committed to pragmatic solutions to strengthen our nation’s health care system, so it works for all Americans. It is comprised of the nation’s leading doctors, clinicians, community hospitals, health insurance providers, and biopharmaceutical companies, including representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Its mission is to improve what’s working in health care and fix what’s not. PAHCF supports building on the strength of employer-provided health coverage and preserving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that so many Americans depend on, so we can deliver affordability, expand options, improve access, and foster continued innovation in medical care. (AmericasHealthcareFuture.org)