CMS releases MACRA proposed rule

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The AHA yesterday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA – continues the “incremental, flexible implementation approach called for by hospitals, health systems and the more than 500,000 employed and contracted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, care coordination

CMS proposes updates to MACRA QPP for 2018 performance year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule updating the requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The QPP includes two tracks – the default Merit-based Incentive... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

NM oncologist named AMA president-elect

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The American Medical Association this week named as its president-elect Barbara McAneny, M.D., an oncologist from Albuquerque, NM. McAneny, who will become president of the association next June, is co-founder and CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants and built and manages the New Mexico... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, leadership

Senate companion to Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act introduced

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Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) last week introduced a Senate companion to the AHA-supported Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 1301), legislation that would add 15,000 Medicare-funded residency positions to alleviate physician shortages that threaten... read more

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

Groups call on Senate to protect patients in health care debate

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. "As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

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Tags: physicians, Coverage, Medicaid, access, nurses

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

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Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses

CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

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Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

CDC issues report on preventing healthcare-associated Legionnaires' disease

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection, in 2015. About 80% of the cases were associated with long-term care facilities, 18% with hospitals and 2% with both. CDC offers a toolkit to help health... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, prevention

CMS predicts qualifying status for Advanced APM participants

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Nearly 100% of clinicians who participated in Advanced Alternative Payment Models in 2016 would qualify for a 2019 incentive payment if they participate in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday in an email update. Eligible clinicians who participate in at least one Advanced APM in... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, nurses

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