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

Democratic leaders unveil economic agenda

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Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today unveiled an economic plan focused on improving wages, lowering costs and boosting job opportunities. To lower the cost of prescription drugs, the plan calls for creating a new agency to investigate and take action... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, drug prices

AHA issues MACRA resources for CY 2018

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The AHA today updated its MACRA Tracker and issue brief to help hospitals and their clinician partners prepare for the second year of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ physician quality payment program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The updated Tracker... read more

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

House FY 2018 budget plan clears committee

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The House Budget Committee last night voted 22-14 to approve a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that would balance the budget within 10 years. The plan incorporates the House-passed American Health Care Act, sets the non-defense discretionary spending level at $511 billion, and instructs the Ways and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Bill to reauthorize, expand MA special needs plans clears committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved legislation (H.R. 3168) that would reauthorize Medicare Advantage special needs plans and expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill enrollees, as advocated by the AHA. “This legislation gives plans the flexibility to tailor... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, chronic conditions

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

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