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With or Without Medicaid Expansion, Uninsured to Decline in Cities

The number of uninsured residents of major cities will continue to decline – but more so in cities located in states that are expanding their Medicaid programs. According to a new study by the Urban Institute, an analysis of 14 major U.S. cities found that among the seven cities located in states that have expanded eligibility for Medicaid, the number of uninsured residents will decline 57 percent by 2016. In the cities located in states that are not expanding their Medicaid program, the number of uninsured residents is still expected to fall an average of 30 percent by 2016, spurred [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed FY 2015 Medicare Inpatient Regulation: Part 3 of 7

Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) publishes in the Federal Register a draft regulation describing how it proposes paying hospitals for the inpatient care they provide to their Medicare patients in the coming fiscal year.  The proposed inpatient prospective payment system regulation for FY 2015 was published on May 15, and as always, CMS invited interested parties to submit written comments. The National Association of Urban Hospitals has always found CMS to be receptive and even responsive to its comments and therefore takes the opportunity to submit detailed comments and suggestions about the agency’s annual proposal. [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed FY 2015 Medicare Inpatient Regulation: Part 2 of 7

Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) publishes in the Federal Register a draft regulation describing how it proposes paying hospitals for the inpatient care they provide to their Medicare patients in the coming fiscal year.  The proposed inpatient prospective payment system regulation for FY 2015 was published on May 15, and as always, CMS invited interested parties to submit written comments. The National Association of Urban Hospitals has always found CMS to be receptive and even responsive to its comments and therefore takes the opportunity to submit detailed comments and suggestions about the agency’s annual proposal. [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed FY 2015 Medicare Inpatient Regulation: Part 1 of 7

Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) publishes in the Federal Register a draft regulation describing how it proposes paying hospitals for the inpatient care they provide to their Medicare patients in the coming fiscal year.  The proposed inpatient prospective payment system regulation for FY 2015 was published on May 15, and as always, CMS invited interested parties to submit written comments. The National Association of Urban Hospitals has always found CMS to be receptive and even responsive to its comments and therefore takes the opportunity to submit detailed comments and suggestions about the agency’s annual proposal. [&hellip

340B Program Under the Microscope

Federal officials continue to cast a wary eye on a program that gives discounts on prescription drugs to hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income patients. The federal 340B Prescription Drug Program requires drug manufacturers to give discounts to eligible providers for the prescriptions they provide patients on an outpatient basis; the hospitals then provide their low-income patients with their prescriptions at a discount or free of charge.  The program has grown a great deal in recent years and now, critics argue that some hospitals that currently receive the discounts should not qualify for them and others are not [&hellip

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