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PROPOSED BILL PROVIDES POTENTIAL RELIEF FOR SOME PROVIDER-BASED DEPARTMENTS
A bill introduced in the House last week—H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (HHIPCA)—would expand grandfathering to some provider-based departments affected by Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA). The HHIPCA gives hope to hospitals that were caught off-guard last fall by the passage of the BBA, which imposed site-neutral payment reductions on new off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that begin billing Medicare after November 2, 2015.
CareFirst BCBS gives out $3M to bring telemedicine to underserved communities
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurer covering Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, has announced the 10 organizations that it will support financially in launching or developing telemedicine initiatives.
Hackers return for more money in ransomware attack at Kansas Heart Hospital
Hackers are demanding a second ransom from Kansas Heart Hospital after the organization paid to have access to its systems restored last week. Greg Duick, M.D., the hospital's president, told KWCH12 that his facility paid "a small" amount to the malicious attackers to regain access to its systems. The hackers, however, did not give back full access to files and are asking for more.
CareFirst Awards Nearly $3 Million to Regional Telemedicine Programs
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) plans to award nearly $3 million to 10 health care organizations in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., working to expand access to health care to underserved communities through the use of telemedicine.