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STAT+: DOJ investigating Community Health Systems’ hospitals

STAT

Community Health Systems is facing a new federal probe into its hospital billing practices more than four years after the hospital chain settled separate allegations of fraudulent overbilling.

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STAT+: Congress ditches site-neutral hospital pay policy

STAT

WASHINGTON — Congress will not move forward with a controversial policy to equalize certain Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians’ offices in an upcoming government funding package, five lobbyists and sources following the talks told STAT. The delay is a win for hospitals, which have adamantly lobbied against the policy.

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STAT+: UnitedHealth cyberattack cripples pharmacies’ and hospitals’ ability to process insurance claims

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Hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers are getting stuck in an insurance processing logjam after UnitedHealth Group disclosed a cyberattack within a recently acquired subsidiary that serves as a central hub for payments across the industry.

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Hospitals Reinstate Mask Guidelines Against Triple Threat of Respiratory Illnesses

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In response to a surge in cases of COVID-19, flu, and RSV, hospitals are reinstating mask guidelines to avoid adverse capacity outcomes and staffing shortages seen in prior years.

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340B program continues to drive shift in care to more expensive hospital settings

PhRMA

In this case, the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) found that nearly 36% of all Medicare Part B therapy sales occurred at 340B hospitals in 2021 , up nearly 17 percentage points since 2012, meaning care is moving from physician offices and non-340B hospitals to 340B hospitals.

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RSV Hospitalization Risk Higher than Flu, Omicron Among Children

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Of the 2596 patients included in the study, the hospitalization rates were 31.5% for Omicron, 27.7% for influenza, and 81.7% for RSV.

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Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19, Flu at Increased Risk of Long-Term Health Effects

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Patients hospitalized for either virus had an increased risk of death, hospital readmission, and health problems in multiple organ systems over 18 months of follow-up.

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