What Happened, What You Missed: February 6-10, 2023


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit to Block States from Importing Drugs On Tuesday, US District Court Judge Timothy Kelly dismissed a lawsuit from PhRMA that sought to block states from importing prescription drugs from Canada.  In his 26-page opinion, Kelly ruled that the plaintiffs were unable to prove that drug companies would face a “concrete risk of harm” […]

Are US Hospitals At Risk of Russian Cyberattacks?


The alarm is sounding for cybersecurity attacks.  In late February, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a rare warning that the Russian government could launch cyberattacks against the US economy – including the health care sector.  One month later, President Joe Biden publicly warned that Russian cyberattacks are “coming.”  Given these warnings, how worried should hospitals be? […]

Has Massachusetts Found a Way to Stop Rising Health Care Costs?


The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world, and it’s only gotten more expensive since the COVID-19 pandemic started.  In response to high health care prices, states are looking for new ways to curb spending growth, which includes legislative and regulatory ways.  In Massachusetts, a regulatory body has taken a bold approach to […]

The “Dark Money” Pushing for Price Transparency


If you were one of the nearly 10 million people who tuned in to watch the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25, one television ad may have jumped out.  An organization called Power for Patients aired a 30-second spot featuring actresses Susan Sarandon and Cynthia Ervio that urged hospitals to follow through on a “law” requiring them to disclose their […]

The Most Important Health Care Bill You’ve Probably Forgotten


The Medicare and Medicaid Act.  The Affordable Care Act.  These are the landmark laws that have irrevocably shaped America’s health care system.  However, there’s another law that’s made just as much of an impact on health care but hasn’t garnered attention in the last 20 years.  It’s called the Hill-Burton Act, and it’s poised to […]

Hospitals Face Looming Deadline on Advance Medicare Payments


Hospitals face a fast-approaching deadline to pay back loans from the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) programs towards the end of March. However, lawmakers who provided little assistance for hospitals in the way of additional relief funding in the most recent COVID-19 relief bill seem just as unlikely to adjust the loan repayment date. […]