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Dear hospital administrator/provider who believes you comprehend how terrible the no-visitor policy is: You don’t. Having practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for a decade, I’ve participated in thousands of conversations with patients and family members wherein my goal was to be as straightforward as possible. I try to stick to…
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The move comes on the heels of other regulations also being suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended a series of rules in order to allow healthcare facilities nationwide to bolster their medical staffs, federal officials announced Thursday. Specifically, the…
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Legal arguments serving as the foundation of the filing are of questionable merit. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new rule issued in the Nov. 27 Federal Register. You can find the regulations at 84 Fed. Reg. 65,524. The rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021, will require…
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One rule is proposed; the other is now the final rule on price transparency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued two rules intended to increase the transparency of pricing in the healthcare system, continuing its efforts to provide patients with more data to make informed decisions…
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Many believe this rule will never see the light of day. Among other provisions, the hospital price transparency rule pre-published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last Friday requires online, a publically accessible publication of “standard charges” that apply to 300 of each hospital’s “shoppable” services. The…
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Lexington Regional Health Center prepares for the long winter night on Christmas Eve. It won’t be dinner as usual tonight. It is promised to be more festive and elegant, with oyster and potato soup as options. Dressed in scrubs and some wearing their whitecoats, they will shuffle into the cafeteria…
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When hospital executives are asked about their specialty programs, both in terms of reputation and profitability, orthopedics and cardiology are often on the top of the list. But that may soon be changing. A great deal of attention has been paid to the proposal by the Centers for Medicare &…