Results from a new RAND Corporation study – Nationwide Evaluation of Health Care Prices Paid By Private Health Plans – show commercial payers reimburse hospitals about 2.5-times more than does Medicare. As expected, hospital officials responded, claiming that public payers underpay for medical services and that it is inappropriate to challenge hospitals now as they battle […]
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About Adney Rakotoniaina
Adney Rakotoniaina is a research analyst with NASHP’s Emerging Policy Issues (EPI) team involved in projects related to hospital and provider costs. He joined NASHP in January 2020 as an intern with EPI working to address health insurance coverage and access issues through the state health exchanges. He previously worked at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) communicating patient-centered engagement initiatives. He has also worked at the Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Cabinet on health work force staffing and employee health plan stability. Additionally, his passion for health equity and upstream policy solutions has led him to work on a number of related initiatives. Adney is pursuing his MPH concentrating in health policy and management at George Washington University and graduated from the University of Louisville in May 2019 with a BA in political science.
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As states respond to the need for increased hospital bed capacity due to COVID-19, governors and legislatures in 22 states have waived certificate-of-need (CON) requirements – streamlining the process for hospitals to add bed capacity. These waivers have focused attention on decades-old CON laws and their utility in a changing health care landscape. The National […]
As coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalizations and ICU bed demand surge across the country, 13 states have quickly acted to implement temporary, targeted suspensions of their certificate of need (CON) requirements for construction or expansion of new health-care facilities to remove regulatory barriers to address this critical health care need. CON laws are state regulatory mechanisms to […]
Updated May 18, 2020 Absent a pandemic, enrollees usually sign up for insurance coverage during the annual open enrollment period, from Nov. 1- Dec. 15. However, under extenuating circumstances, consumers can sign up during a special enrollment period (SEP). The Affordable Care Act defined a set of events that trigger SEPs nationally (view a national […]