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CHA Joins Other Associations and American Hospital Association in Supreme Court Filings

The Connecticut Hospital Association has joined other state hospital associations in two amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week.  The briefs challenge payment reductions implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to 340B drugs and services provided in certain hospital off-campus provider-based departments.  Both briefs ask the Court to take up cases brought by the American Hospital Association (AHA) challenging the payment reductions. 

 

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Rand Corporation Releases Study Promoting Healthcare Price Setting

study released last week by Rand Corporation analyzed spending impacts of policy options to reduce hospital prices paid by commercial health plans.  The authors reviewed regulating hospital prices, requiring additional price transparency, and taking steps to increase competition.  The study concluded that setting rates for commercial payers at 100–150 percent of Medicare reimbursement rates would reduce hospital spending by $61.9–$236.6 billion a year.  

 

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Biden Administration Nominates Long-Time Healthcare Administrator to Oversee CMS

This week the Biden Administration sent to the Senate its nomination for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has been chosen for the top role at CMS.  Brooks-LaSure is a seasoned healthcare policy professional, having worked in senior roles at both CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services implementing the Affordable Care Act, as well as the House Ways and Means Committee and the White House budget office. 

 

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