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. 

In separate briefs submitted Tuesday, CHA and the other state hospital associations asserted that the federal government acted unlawfully and went beyond Congressional intent in enacting the payment reduction policies.  In the case of the 340B program, the brief asks for relief from CMS Medicare payment cuts of nearly 30 percent for 340B drugs.  In the site-neutral case, the state associations’ brief asserts that the federal government exceeded its statutory authority in imposing the reductions.

 

Rand Corporation Releases Study Promoting Healthcare Price Setting

A 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.  

The American Hospital Association noted, in response to the study, that reducing all payments to levels that fail to meet cost of care puts patient care at risk and pointed out that Rand is ignoring the unique role of hospitals in the public health infrastructure, as well as failing to account for the other drivers of healthcare expense.

 

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. 

 

 

Education Updates

Highlights of the New Anti-Kickback and Stark Regulations: What Providers Need to Know 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

The long-awaited changes to the federal physician self-referral law (the Stark law) and the federal anti-kickback statute, issued as part of the government’s Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, contain sweeping changes.  Key developments include broad new exceptions and safe harbors for “value-based arrangements” and easing regulatory compliance requirements in other areas.  In addition, the Stark law changes aim to provide further clarity with respect to several fundamental concepts and terminology.

Join your colleagues at this CHA issue-based-forum, presented by attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, as they review the most notable changes for hospitals and health systems.

This issue-based-forum is open to CHA members only.  There is no fee for this forum.

  • Click here to register for the March 4 session

 

High Reliability at the Sharp End
Wednesdays, March 3, 2021–June 16, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Please note one exception:  ICU Worker Safety session has been rescheduled to Thursday)
Virtual Sessions

This important unit-specific training series is focused on clinical areas where high reliability practice is critical.  High Reliability at the Sharp End will cover Intensive Care Units, Peri-operative Services, Labor and Birthing, Emergency Departments, and Ambulatory Services.  The series is designed in three parts, with each specialty covered in successive weeks. 

Each session in the series, which will be held from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., will provide continuing education credits and will be recorded. 

Please note: Continuing education credits are awarded only to those who attend the live sessions, and not to those who view the recordings.

These sessions are offered only to CHA HRO members.

High Reliability Training: Patient Safety

These patient safety training sessions will kick off the series focusing on high reliability for decreasing preventable adverse events in different settings in the organization.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to patient safety in their area of the organization.

  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Patient Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, March 3 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Patient Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, March 10 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Patient Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, March 17 session 
  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Patient Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, March 24 session

High Reliability Training: Healing the Workforce

Part two of the series focuses on worker safety and examines how high reliability practices and principles can keep workplaces safe.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to worker safety in their area of their healthcare organization.

  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, April 21 session 
  • For ICU High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Thursday, April 22 session (rescheduled from Wednesday, April 14)
  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, April 28 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 5 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 12 session 

High Reliability Training: Patient and Family Engagement

Part three of the series focuses on patient and family engagement and how high reliability practices and principles can be used to keep patients satisfied, engaged, and activated.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to patient and family engagement in their area of their healthcare organization.

  • For ICU High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 19 session 
  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 26 session 
  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 2 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 9 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 16 session 

 

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