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2019 was the year of the patient

Since February, when CMS Administrator Seema Verma said patients needed immediate access to their health records, the hits have just kept on coming.

Innovation, payer reinvention, drug prices and price transparency, cybersecurity, getting paid for telehealth and investing in the social determinants as well as the continuing physician workforce shortage topped HFN's stories and trends for 2019. Here's a look back.

How changing Affordable Care Act rules affect health insurance premium costs

It's the unanticipated consequence of the 2017 cut of the ACA's cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma lays out plan for 'digital data revolution'

Health plans doing business in Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, are being asked to share claims data, and all information should be transferable, Verma says.

American Hospital Association, provider groups to sue over final rule

The rule will accelerate anti-competitive behavior among health insurers and stymie innovations in value-based care delivery, the groups say.

Seema Verma rolls out new CMS interoperability initiatives at HIMSS18

The government-wide MyHealthEData initiative is led by the White House Office of American Innovation.

HIMSSCast: CMS price transparency rule, telehealth parity laws, and healthcare consumerism

The HFN team discusses some recent pieces of news from federal and state governments, and speculates on these developments.

AHIP says proposed interoperability rules push payers too far, too fast

The insurance group says it's supportive of more data sharing, but says CMS' timeline for API-enabled access is too aggressive.

How price transparency helped an Arizona health system achieve financial turnaround

At Maricopa Integrated Health System, price transparency became a top strategic imperative after it helped the system boost its margins.

CMS proposed rule requires hospitals to make public their payer-specific negotiated charges

CMS Administrator Seema Verma says agency is not afraid of legal push-back from providers or payers.

CMS releases final and proposed rules on price transparency bound to get provider and payer pushback

The final rule for hospitals, which goes into effect in 2021, includes the ability for CMS to impose civil monetary penalties of $300 per day.

CMS unveils new rules aimed at clinician burden, patient experience

The Omnibus Burden Reduction and Discharge Planning rules both aim to reduce red tape and enable transparency, says Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma.

Benefit design, higher deductibles will increase bad debt for hospitals

Legislative proposals could reduce bad debt, but would likely introduce additional complexity to billing processes.