MedPAC issues March report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its March report to Congress. The report details fee-for-service payment recommendations for 2018 approved by the commission in January, including recommendations for hospital services and post-acute care. For more information, see the MedPAC ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

DHS announces stakeholder webinar on National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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Health care stakeholders are invited to participate in one of four Department of Homeland Security webinar sessions March 27-30 on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and how stakeholders can leverage the plan in their communities. Developed by DHS in coordination with federal, state and public and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Trump nominates HHS deputy secretary

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President Trump this week nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan served on Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy... read more

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

MACPAC: Disproportionate Share Hospitals still face significant financial difficulties

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its March report to Congress, which includes an analysis of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on hospital uncompensated care. According to the report, total hospital uncompensated care for Medicaid and uninsured patients fell by $4.6... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

HHS outlines plans for improving Medicaid collaboration with states

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In a letter yesterday to governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma outlined several areas where they plan to work with states to improve the Medicaid program. These include working with states to improve program... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS: 12.2 million select Marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment

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More than 12.2 million people selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces during 2017 open enrollment, about 500,000 fewer than last year, according to a final report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More than 9.2 million people enrolled through HealthCare.gov,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

CMS previews eCQM changes for 2018, updates eCQMs for EPs for 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pre-released information on expected changes to its electronic clinical quality measure standards, terminology and specifications for 2018 quality reporting and incentive programs. The agency expects to publish the eCQM changes in late spring. In addition,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Electronic Health Records

Senate confirms Verma as CMS administrator

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The U.S. Senate last night voted 55-43 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Seema Verma to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. As president and founder of health care consulting company SVC Inc., Verma worked with the state of Indiana to design its Healthy Indiana Plan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

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