Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

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Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve... read more

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

Five Takeaways from the MACRA 2018 Final Rule

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By Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley

On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final rule updating the Quality Payment Program required by Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The QPP ties Medicare payments to physicians and a handful of other types of clinicians to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Hospital groups file lawsuit to stop OPPS payment cut for 340B hospitals

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The AHA joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and America’s Essential Hospitals today filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from reducing Medicare payments for hospital outpatient drugs under the 340B Drug Pricing Program by nearly 30%. Eastern... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation

Trump nominates Azar as HHS secretary

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President Trump today nominated to serve as the next Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration. “We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,” said... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

CMS announces provider ombudsman for new Medicare cards

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has named an ombudsman to serve as a resource for health care providers concerning the new Medicare beneficiary enrollment cards. “Dr. Eugene Freund will be serving in this position,” the agency said in a notice last week. “He will also communicate about the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA webinar Nov. 17 to review MACRA QPP final rule

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Join AHA policy experts for a Nov. 17 webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule updating Quality Payment Program requirements for physicians and other eligible clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Released Nov. 2, the rule specifies what eligible... read more

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

Reminder: Jan. 2 new deadline for hospitals to amend Worksheet S-10s

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended to Jan. 2, 2018 the deadline for hospitals to amend their Medicare Cost Report Worksheet S-10s from fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The new data will not be used to calculate Medicare disproportionate share payments for FY 2018, but will be available... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

House holds hearing on implementing MACRA APMs

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on implementing alternative payment models for physicians and other clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In a statement submitted for the hearing, AHA urged Congress to continue working with the... read more

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

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and other health care facilities in certain counties affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Providers outside of those counties may... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness, preparedness

MedPAC signals support for telehealth in risk-based payment models

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Friday discussed principles to guide the expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage. The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 requires the commission to report to Congress on how Medicare telehealth coverage might be expanded. During the meeting, commissioners voiced... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, telemedicine

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