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Regulators propose curbs on foundation trusts' freedoms

National leaders have proposed significant curbs on the freedom of foundation trusts, including the ability to enforce mergers and subjecting them to controls on capital spending.

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Acute trusts to benefit most from new tariff

Changes to the tariff this year would increase revenue for 137 NHS providers and reduce it for 47 compared to 2018-19 prices, according to consultation documents released by regulators.

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New regime revealed for trusts with biggest financial holes

The 30 worst financially performing NHS trusts will be subject to a new regulatory regime as part of plans to bring the provider sector into the black by 2020-21.

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Regulators intervene in 52-week wait payment dispute

National regulators have stepped in to resolve a multimillion pound dispute between commissioners and a struggling trust over its backlog of patients awaiting treatment.

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Exclusive: Regulators consider 'blended' approach for NHS contracts

NHS regulators are considering a new standard payment mechanism which would involve a “blended” approach between block contracts and activity based tariffs, HSJ understands.

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Half a billion pounds to be withheld from trusts over two years

More than half a billion pounds will be withheld from NHS providers during the next two financial years to pay for a new central procurement service, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust debts could be written off says Dalton

Ian Dalton says NHS providers will need to achieve higher levels of productivity than those achieved last year, despite the extra funding provided by the government.

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Exclusive: Tariff set to cut payments for traditional outpatient appointments

NHS leaders are proposing to cut the payments made to hospitals for traditional outpatient appointments, HSJ understands.

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High Court told NHS 'can't go back to block pricing'

A High Court was told the NHS “cannot wind back the clock to block pricing” in the first of two judicial review hearings over NHS England’s accountable care organisation contract.

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Regional leaders plan hospital contract shake-up

Regional health leaders are drawing up plans to abandon payment by results based on national tariffs and move to a cost and risk based contract for acute providers, along with an STP-level control total.

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Exclusive: NHS free to 'abandon payment by results'

The NHS England chief executive has said he and NHS Improvement are “entirely open” to health economies dropping payment by results in favour of alternative funding systems for the next two years.

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NHS England 'risks being in parallel universe' on mental health

The mental health sector and NHS England are “in danger of operating in parallel universes” because of the disconnect between national policies on commissioning models, the new chair of the Mental Health Network has told HSJ.

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NHS England reveals breakdown of £22bn savings plan

More than £6.5bn of the £22bn efficiencies the NHS needs to make by 2021 will come from “national” interventions like continued pay restraint and cuts to the community pharmacy contract, according to NHS England figures released on Monday afternoon.

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Exclusive: Mackey intervenes in escalating contracts row

The chief executive of NHS Improvement has stepped into the burgeoning row over contracting for 2016-17, saying commissioners that have made “unrealistic” offers have until Friday to come up with new proposals.

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Exclusive: Spike in NHS block contracts raises private sector concerns

The past three years have seen a steep rise in the amount of NHS elective care being commissioned under “block contracts”, according to data shared exclusively with HSJ.

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Exclusive: Increase expected in national tariff rate

National tariff prices are set to be increased in 2016-17 for the first time in several years, as regulators seek to stabilise provider finances and reflect new cost pressures, HSJ has learned.

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New tariff objection threshold faces Lords challenge

Government plans to make it harder for providers to block NHS tariff proposals face challenge in the House of Lords this week. Labour peers have argued they renege on assurances made during the passage of the Health Act 2012.