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November 25 · Issue #616 · View online
Providing you with the latest health care headlines almost daily. Carefully crafted by Shawn Rossi. Questions? Email srossi@mhanet.org.

MISSISSIPPI
DAISY Award recognizes outstanding nurses at Anderson
Rowley to take over as hospital CEO
CBD research proves life-changing for ill children
Employers, hospitals both getting pushed by rising costs
MISSISSIPPI POLITICS
Jim Hood's campaign manager gives behind-the-scenes look at 2019 strategy
Chief among Mississippi Democratic candidates' many problems in statewide races is lack of money
Roger Wicker appears on Meet The Press to push back on impeachment narrative
NATIONAL
A Look Inside The Hospital Transparency Final Rule
Medicare for All's thorniest issue is how much to pay doctors and hospitals. Any new system could become a convoluted mess if it goes wrong.
“There’s a Fear Factor, a Fear of Change.”
Nonprofit bad debt climbs again amid steeper deductibles, Moody's says
Healthcare innovation leader talks future of health IT
Surprise billing negotiations revived in Congress
Senators want to remove barriers to new diabetes tech
CMS Finalizes Hospital Price Transparency Requirements, Disclosure of Negotiated Rates
Important Takeaways for Nurses and APPs from the AHA's New Quality Measures for HBP
CMS call Dec. 3 on final rule on disclosure of hospital negotiated rates
Moody’s: Coverage, cost trends driving up bad debt for hospitals
Non-profit hospitals are experiencing more bad debt (unpaid bills) after an initial decline following Medicaid expansion in 2014, Moody’s Investors Service reports. “Changes in insurance design that shift greater financial responsibility to the patient, rising health care costs and confusing medical bills will continue to drive growth in bad debt, often faster than net patient revenue, a credit negative,” the report states. “Legislative proposals to simplify billing have the potential to reduce bad debt, but the proposed changes will be negative for hospitals because they introduce additional complexity to the billing processes and complicate relationships with contracted physician groups.” The authors say that long-term bad debt trends “will continue to erode financial performance despite health systems’ efforts to reduce them.”
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