CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

CMS releases proposed 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its proposed rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.31% 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

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

Report proposes national strategy to reduce opioid epidemic

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today issued a report recommending actions to contain and reverse the harmful societal effects of the prescription and illicit opioid epidemics. According to the report, requested by the Food and Drug Administration, it is possible to stem the... read more

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

CDC: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely

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The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States decreased each year between 2010 and 2015, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of opioids prescribed per capita fell from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents in 2010 to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids

NAM collaborative calls for research to address clinician burnout

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The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, whose sponsors include the AHA, yesterday issued a discussion paper calling for research to identify the organizational and health system factors that place physicians, nurses and other health care professionals... read more

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

Reminder: July 1 deadline to apply for EHR hardship exception

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and eligible professionals who did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a hardship exception from the 2018 payment adjustment. For... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, nurses

President nominates Indiana physician as surgeon general

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President Trump yesterday nominated as U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams, M.D., an anesthesiologist who has served as health commissioner for the state of Indiana. “Dr. Jerome Adams has served with distinction and has been a tireless champion of patients and public health during his tenure as Commissioner... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, leadership

House approves medical liability reform bill

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The House of Representatives yesterday voted 218-210 to approve medical liability reform legislation (H.R. 1215) that would limit non-economic damages to $250,000 in lawsuits where health coverage was provided or subsidized by the federal government. “Defensive medicine costs the health care system an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: physicians

GAO: GME residents still concentrated in the Northeast

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Residents in graduate medical education training remain concentrated in the Northeast and urban areas, despite some growth in other regions and rural areas between 2005 and 2015, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Requested by the chairmen of the House Ways and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

CMS webinar Monday on proposed updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a June 26 webinar on the proposed rule updating requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule proposes key policies for the QPP’s 2018... read more

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

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