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By / 6.26.2020

The Trump administration’s hospital price transparency rule, upheld by a district court judge this week, will require hospitals to post publicly the rates they negotiate with insurers beginning in January. President Trump called it a “BIG VICTORY for patients — Federal court UPHOLDS hospital price transparency. Patients deserve to know the price of care BEFORE they enter the […]

By / 6.19.2020

Back in December, Congress failed to reach an agreement on “surprise billing” legislation. A surprise bill is when patients get an out-of-network bill from a provider at an in-network facility. Lawmakers couldn’t decide if an arbitration model — where billing disagreements would be sent to a third-party review board — or if a benchmark model — where […]

By / 6.17.2020

States and localities are proceeding with “opening” their economies despite the fact that most states have not met the re-opening criteria put forward by the White House. In order to head off spikes in cases, states and localities will need aggressive testing, contact tracing, and isolation programs. Testing is only as good as what you do with that […]

By / 6.17.2020

Community Health Centers (CHCs) have an important role to play in SARS-CoV-2 response. CHCs are community-based and organizations that provide primary care, mental health care and even dental care to populations with limited access to health care. Both House and Senate members are pushing leadership (Senate, House) to include increased funding for CHCs in the next relief package. […]

By / 6.5.2020

This week has been a turning point in the United States. I want to make sure you see PPI President and Founder Will Marshall’s statement on the killing of George Floyd, and the commitment PPI is taking to come up with new ideas to fight systemic racism in the United States. The coronavirus pandemic has had a […]

By / 4.20.2020

Covid-19 is hitting the United States harder than any other country in the world. Roughly 41,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus and more than 50,000 Americans have been hospitalized. Some experts estimate millions more could be hospitalized before the disease runs its course. Each Covid-19-related hospitalization costs between $30,000-$72,000 per person. However, it […]

By / 3.31.2020

This very unique crisis is creating very unique problems. One is how to get food and other essentials from warehouses all over the country into stores and delivered to people’s homes. This is not optional. The supply chain cannot shut down. Americans are confined to their homes, watching the rising tide of deaths. It’s an […]