CMS proposed rule outlines state Medicaid DSH allotment reductions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that delineates a methodology for implementing the Affordable Care Act aggregate reductions to state Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital allotments beginning in fiscal year 2018. The ACA reduces state Medicaid DSH allotments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

CMS extends ground ambulance, home health moratoria

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended for another six months its moratoria on enrollment of new Medicare home health agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas, and on new Part B non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. The extension also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

CMS releases home health proposed rule for CY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released the proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2018, which also proposes major HH PPS refinements for CY 2019. For CY 2018, the rule would decrease net HH payments by 0.4 percentage point, or $80 million,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, home health

House panel launches initiative to reduce Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

Fujifilm recalls duodenscope model

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Fujifilm Medical Systems today voluntarily recalled its ED-530XT model duodenoscopes to replace certain parts in an effort to reduce potential risk associated with inadequate reprocessing of the device, which is used to visualize the upper digestive tract. The company plans to contact all customers by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, regulation

FDA to extend REMS requirements to immediate-release opioids

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The Food and Drug Administration intends to update its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics, and extend the same requirements to immediate-release opioid analgesic products, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced this week.... read more

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

CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

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The AHA July 13 criticized proposed deep cuts to how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimburses hospitals for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program and proposes changes to site-neutral payment policies under Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. The provisions are... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation

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

CMS delays new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the effective date from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018 for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as requested by the AHA. CMS also made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

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