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Care Management Weekly News Update 7/3/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jul 03, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Michigan Medicine estimated there are more than 500,000 hack attempts aimed at its systems daily. While many are less elaborate means like robocalls, Dr. Marschall Runge, the health system’s CEO, said about 60 to 80 attempts per month are “highly sophisticated.” Health care systems and their vendors have increasingly been the target of cyberattacks in recent years. When successful, these schemes can jeopardize patient personal information and cripple a hospital’s operations.

Medicare enrollees will pay less for 64 prescription drugs from July through the end of September because drug companies raised prices faster than the rate of inflation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday. The latest round of drugs discounted for seniors under provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) treat conditions like osteoporosis, cancer and infections, according to a news release. More than 750,000 Medicare enrollees could save as much as $4,593 per day. 

The largest trade groups for U.S. hospitals and physician practices both expressed disappointment in HHS' final rule on information-blocking penalties, saying they could harm both healthcare providers and patients. HHS published disincentives June 24 for providers that unreasonably interfere with the access, exchange or use of electronic health information, including stripping hospitals of meaningful use incentives, reducing Merit-based Incentive Payment System scores, and blocking participation in ACOs under the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 6-3, has overturned the Chevron deference, stripping power from federal agencies to interpret and enforce regulations. Under the long-standing precedent, courts are required to determine whether an agency’s interpretation of an ambiguous law is reasonable. This has given agencies room to advance regulatory priorities.

NAACOS Leaders' Recommendations on Medicare Payment Reform

Senior leaders at NAACOS share their perspectives on what needs to happen next in Medicare physician payment reform. In addition to generating billions of dollars in savings and improvements in quality, value-based care models have had a profound impact on the daily lives of patients and their families. Millions of patients in these models benefit from better coordinated care and services not covered by Medicare, including patient outreach and social supports like housing and transportation assistance.


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