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OPPS Final Rule Issued by CMS

The Impact on Payment Rate Updates, Hospital Price Transparency, Rural Hospital Designation, Drug Pricing, and Intensive Outpatient Program On November 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its finalized Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for calendar year (CY) 2024. The finalized payment update increases payments to outpatient facilities and finalizes changes to ...

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MPFS Final Rule Cuts Physician Payments

Praise and Patient Access Concerns Raised from the Cuts On November 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its finalized Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2024. While the finalized fee schedule cuts payments to physicians, there are a number of other (more positive) provisions in the final rule. An update to the September 2023 article on the prop ...

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What Healthcare Provisions are Included in the Inflation Reduction Act?

Beyond Prescription Drug Costs On August 16, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) into law. The broad bill, which covers healthcare, taxes, and climate change, had been passed around Congress in assorted versions with varying support for months, but under the specter of a record 40-year-high inflation rate, congressional Democrats ultimately came together to pass the ...

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2021 Healthcare M&A in Review

Indications for 2022 After an understandable slowdown in 2020, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the healthcare industry accelerated in 2021, and the industry is expected to continue the high number of deals and high deal volume in 2022. This article will review the U.S. healthcare industry’s M&A activity in 2021 and discuss what these trends may mea ...

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