Bill aims to make private insurance fully cover sexual assault exams and other news

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Peter Kavinsky

A new bill introduced in the House on Monday would require full coverage of forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual assault, eliminating unexpected medical bills. Separately, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association completed one call to surprise billing arbitration.

NBC news:
New bill aims to cut unexpected medical bills for sexual assault survivors

A bill introduced Monday in the House of Representatives would require private health insurance to fully cover forensic examinations for victims of sexual assault. The legislation was passed after a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 18,000 of 113,000 sexual assault-related emergency visits in 2019 resulted in out-of-pocket expenses for survivors. The average cost was $3,551 per person. (Bendix, September 20)

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Modern healthcare:
AMA-AHA Sudden Billing Claim Dismissed

“We have serious concerns that the August 2022 Final Rule is at odds with the intent of Congress, as is the September 2021 Interim Final Rule. Hospitals and physicians are committed to making sure our voices are heard in the courts over these ongoing issues very soon,” the AHA and AMA said in a joint statement. (Goldman, September 20)

About hospital finance and personnel –

Rural hospitals face funding cuts

Rural hospitals surviving the pandemic are facing a funding cut, risking losing about $600 million in Medicare funding later this month unless Congress intervenes. (Dreher, September 21)

Modern healthcare:
St. Vincent Ohio Charity to lay off nearly 1,000 workers

Jobs affected range from doctors to nurses, support assistants and physical therapists. Some of the areas most affected include medical/surgical, chemical dependency, dietary nutrition, laboratory management, and households. As of 2021, the 162-bed hospital had over 800 full-time equivalent vacancies. The expected layoffs are just over 640 FTE positions. (Hudson, September 20)

Modern healthcare:
Labor shortage: hospitals expand apprenticeships to stabilize workforce

Charnika Wilson sought to become more involved in patient care after working as an administrative assistant at a community clinic in Chicago. Her search led her to Rush University Healthcare. Wilson was one of 22 people selected from more than 3,000 applicants for Rush and Harper College’s new Physician Assistant Training, which pays for student tuition and books, offering them hourly pay and benefits. (Kachik, 9/20)

In other health industry news –

Modern healthcare:
Justice Department Evaluates Next Steps to Block UnitedHealth-Change Healthcare Merger

The Justice Department is weighing whether to appeal the decision of a federal judge who dismissed its legal challenge to UnitedHealth Group’s proposed $13 billion acquisition of technology company Change Healthcare. (Tepper, 9/20)

Crane’s Detroit business:
Trinity Health Acquires North Ottawa Public Health System

Trinity Health, the country’s fifth-largest healthcare system, is completing the acquisition of North Ottawa Community Health System’s rural community hospital assets in Grand Haven. (Walsh, September 20)

Overview of Becker Hospital:
Will the cloud replace data centers? Healthcare IT leaders weigh their minds

Even if all traditional data center tasks are moved to the cloud, there will still be a need for on-premise infrastructure that will eventually require what looks like a traditional data center, according to healthcare CIOs. Becker’s spoke with six healthcare IT leaders to discuss whether the assumption that the cloud will take over the data center is correct. (Diaz, September 16)

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