Three hospital groups are appealing a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new cuts to the 340B program; report finds poor oversight of data repository resulted in $36.7 billion in payment errors in 2017; a new executive order will expand mental health care for new veterans.
The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's Essential Hospitals will appeal a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit over 340B cuts. According to The Hill, the initial lawsuit was dismissed on December 29, because it was filed before the rule took effect. The rule will result in $1.6 billion in cuts to hospitals participating in 340B, and the hospital groups are arguing that the change violates federal law.
A report from the Government Accountability Office found that a lack of oversight of Medicaid data resulted in $36.7 billion in payment errors in 2017, alone. Healthcare Finance reported that those payment errors are up from an estimated $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2013. Last year, 49 states began reporting data to the national repository, but data challenges, such as incomplete data, have hindered oversight.
A new executive order is attempting to reduce suicides among transitioning veterans as they leave the military. The order provides new veterans with mental health care for at least 1 year after they leave the military, reported The Washington Post. President Donald Trump has given 60 days for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to develop a joint plan, and they are expected to report back to the president within 180 days on the implementation of the new plan.