Of Note – CMS Updates

Digest of Recent and Relevant Healthcare News

Verma says Chargemaster Rule is “First Step” To Price Transparency 

According to Modern Healthcare, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said Thursday that the agency is working to improve a new rule requiring hospitals to post chargemaster prices on their websites after experts said the data wouldn’t help consumers. Acknowledging that chargemaster prices aren’t accurate out-of-pocket costs for insured patients, Verma maintained the requirement is an “important first step” to increase price transparency. She said the agency is “working toward” addressing the concerns but also said “there is no reason hospitals can’t do more..  Read more.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Discusses Medicaid Work Requirements

Seven states have approval from the Trump Administration to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, with additional proposals pending.  Read more.