Congress passed its farm bill, which could significantly restructure rural hospitals' debt. The hospitals hope it will be a first step to a pay overhaul that could prevent closures.
Facing mounting criticism over its Medicaid work requirement, Arkansas will allow enrollees to report their compliance with the mandate over the phone rather than solely through an internet portal.
House Ways and Means Committee Republicans released a packet of bills to roll back Medicare regulations on hospitals. But the GOP won't steer the committee's legislative priorities next year.
ONC head Dr. Don Rucker did not tell lawmakers when the information-blocking rule will be released, but he suggested that it would expand interoperability.
Healthcare industry groups uniformly blasted the Trump administration's so-called public charge rule, warning it would have broad negative effects on the healthcare system, government budgets and public health.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will focus the Senate health committee's 2019 agenda around healthcare costs. He has asked for specific proposals from high-profile think tanks and industry groups.
Congress is likely to open a potentially major funding stream by reviving earmarks next year, which could spark a windfall for individual not-for-profit hospitals and university medical centers.
Republicans on a key House committee introduced a tax package to delay Obamacare taxes even though current moratoriums don't expire until next year.
Congress is considering a revised bill to establish provider-coordinated health homes for chronically ill children during its lame duck session. The U.S. House of Representatives has cut the amount of federal Medicaid money that would fund the homes.
Although system CEOs see some benefits to the change of control in the House, the likelihood of partisan gridlock is muting their optimism.
Hospitals that want their states to keep their certificate-of-need laws are on the alert after last week's sweeping health policy directive from the White House shows shifting ground.
A House panel will question ONC leaders about progress the agency is making on implementing the 21st Century Cures Act.