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Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Update (5/30/18): The White House has indicated it will place a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Trump Administration plans to finalize this list by June 15. By the end of that month, the administration will also announce investment restrictions and “enhanced export controls” for Chinese individuals and entities “related to the [...]

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Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking to their distributor partners to meet the challenge of lowering costs and improving the quality of care, according to HIDA’s 2018 Horizon Report: Health System Supply Chain Strategies. Drawing on a survey of 171 integrated delivery network executives, HIDA researchers found that the vast majority (88%) of these [...]

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Posted in: HIDA Resources, Research & Analysis

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Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

The U.S. healthcare system is not prepared for a large-scale disaster or catastrophic disease, according to the Center for Health Security. Key steps to strengthening the U.S. healthcare system is fostering a “culture of resilience” among community organizations and local providers. Due to their in-depth knowledge of both products and customer purchasing habits, distributors can [...]

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Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

You’ve likely heard about the Medicare payment cuts lab providers are experiencing as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). These cuts are much deeper than initially projected – lowering payments by $670 million, instead of the expected $390 million. While these cuts are significant, many experts believe this sector is [...]

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In Trump’s First Year, CMS Pursues Medicare Deregulation

In its first year, the Trump Administration has made a number of key changes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that aim to reduce the regulatory burden on providers. Three examples of these moves include: CMS has cancelled the mandatory hip fracture and bundled payment models. The agency has also reduced the [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, HIDA Resources, Medicaid/Medicaid

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Aging Population To Drive Demand For Post-Acute, Home Care Services

Aging Population To Drive Demand For Post-Acute, Home Care Services

The U.S. population is getting older. This simple trend will have a profound impact on both healthcare and the economy. In fact, a recent headline offers the bold prediction: “The Future Of American Jobs Is Taking Care Of The Elderly.” While this may sound dramatic, it does highlight some key trends that will shape the [...]

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Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Over 37% of adults and 65.3% of children received influenza vaccines at physician offices during the 2016-17 flu season, up from 33% and 63.7% the previous year, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outside of this setting, adults typically received their flu shot at their workplace or at drug stores, while [...]

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Hospitals, Physicians Plan To Invest In Labs

The majority of hospital and physician office lab directors expect testing volume to grow through the end of 2017. Additionally, many hospitals are planning to make capital investments, with 23% of facilities planning expenditures on new equipment, and 16% planning to upgrade or replace equipment. One challenge laboratory and diagnostics providers face is future Medicare [...]

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