Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

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

340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

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Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, regulation

House votes to repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

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The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted 307-111 to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member board was created by the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on Medicare payment policy if the projected five-year average growth in per capita Medicare spending exceeds a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

CMS issues final outpatient PPS rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nov. 1 announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation, home health

CMS issues MIPS guidance on attesting to prevention of information blocking

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance on attesting to information blocking prevention under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Under the October 2016 final rule implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, clinicians who... read more

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

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers and suppliers assisting with wildfire recovery efforts in California. According to the agency, non-certified Medicare Part B physicians and other practitioners and... read more

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

CMS announces initiative to reduce quality reporting burden

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma today announced a “Meaningful Measures” initiative to reduce the burden of quality reporting on health care providers. “The ultimate goal of Meaningful Measures is to direct efforts on high-priority areas,” Verma said, addressing the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

House passes Senate's FY 2018 budget resolution

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The House of Representatives today voted 216-212 to approve the Senate’s fiscal 2018 budget resolution, which is designed to provide budget reconciliation protection for a tax code overhaul. Approved by the Senate last week, the resolution would allow up to $1.5 trillion in additional deficits over the... read more

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

AHA shares regulatory relief priorities with CMS

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AHA participated today in a stakeholder listening session hosted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to formally launch the agency’s regulatory relief effort. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack thanked the agency for recent actions to reduce the regulatory burden on... read more

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

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