AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

CMS issues guidance on definition of hospital under Section 1861(e)

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Survey & Certification Group last week issued guidance clarifying how it will determine whether a facility qualifies as a hospital under Section 1861(e) of the Social Security Act, which requires Medicare hospitals (but not critical access or psychiatric... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

Apply to participate in AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Oct. 20 to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, population health, Medicare, clinical integration

Senate panel approves Labor-HHS funding bill

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today voted 30-1 to approve legislation that would provide $164.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2018. According to the committee, the bill would provide $79.4 billion for HHS, $1.7... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, appropriations, opioids

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce regulatory burden

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In a letter today to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, AHA laid out actions that Congress could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The proposals range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

AHA comments on potential new SNF payment system

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Commenting today on a potential alternative to Medicare’s current “RUGs” payment system for skilled nursing facility services, AHA said the proposed “RCS-1” replacement model would generally promote the strengths of hospital-based SNFs but called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA comments on proposed changes to MACRA quality payment program

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Commenting today on the proposed rule updating the clinician quality payment program for 2018, AHA applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for responding to its long-standing request to develop a facility-based measurement option for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

CMS proposed rule would cancel three bundled payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would cancel the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also would cancel the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, bundled payment

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