CMS proposed rule would cancel three bundled payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would cancel the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also would cancel the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, bundled payment

Senate passes FDA Reauthorization Act

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The Senate yesterday voted 94-1 to approve the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), sending the legislation to the president for his signature. The bill reauthorizes and amends four FDA user fee programs under which companies that develop drugs and medical devices partially pay for premarket review of... read more

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Tags: regulation, opioids, drug prices

VA rolling out mobile telehealth, appointment apps

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out to all VA facilities a telehealth application that securely connects veterans and their health care providers from any mobile or web-based device, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., announced yesterday at a VA telehealth event. “This... read more

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Tags: regulation, Telehealth

Final inpatient, long-term care hospital PPS rules released

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CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS final rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final fiscal year 2018 rules for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system and long-term care hospital PPS.

The inpatient PPS final rule will increase rates by... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS final rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule will increase rates by 1.2% in FY 2018, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. The rule includes an initial... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues LTCH PPS final rule for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its long-term care hospital prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates will be updated by 1.0%, as mandated, while payment rates for site-neutral cases will decrease by a net 20%.... read more

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Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

CMS finalizes hospice wage index, payment rates for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating Medicare’s hospice wage index, payment rates and cap amount for fiscal year 2018. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 set the hospice market basket update at 1% for FY 2018, meaning hospices will... read more

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Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, hospice

CMS issues final IRF, SNF rules

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018.

In accordance with the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, payment rates for both settings will see a 1% update over FY... read more

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Tag: regulation

CMS issues Medicare IRF and SNF final rules for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018. In accordance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, payment rates for both settings will be updated by 1.0%... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation

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

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