OIG calls for expanding use of claim codes for certain replacement devices

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should continue to work with national standards body X12 to include the new unique device identifier on its next version of health care claims forms, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General advised yesterday. OIG also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, coding

CMS releases additional changes to Worksheet S-10 instructions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released additional changes to the instructions for Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10, which is used in calculating Medicare disproportionate share payments to hospitals. The changes primarily clarify that discounts provided to uninsured patients who... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

CMS announces average Medicare Advantage, Part D premiums for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday released premium and cost information for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans for the 2018 calendar year. The average Medicare Advantage premium will decrease by $1.91 to $30, while the average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage

Wright named acting HHS secretary following Price's resignation

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President Trump Friday named Don Wright, M.D., acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Wright takes over for Tom Price, M.D., who resigned as HHS secretary earlier Friday. Wright has worked at HHS for nearly 10 years, most recently serving as the department’s acting assistant... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

CMS extends Medicare, federal exchange enrollment for hurricane victims

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced special enrollment periods for Medicare and the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange to help eligible individuals and families impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria gain immediate access to health coverage or change their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, disaster readiness

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant yeast

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued recommendations to help health care providers and laboratories prevent the spread of Candida auris, an emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast. CDC alerted health care facilities to the concern last year and provided an update this May. As of Aug.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC deactivates emergency operations center for Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today deactivated its emergency operations center for Zika virus. “Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses and infants, from the emerging virus and its... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

Fund to aid hospital employees affected by storms in Puerto Rico

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AHA has activated The Care Fund to provide support to hospital employees in Puerto Rico who experienced significant property loss or damage from any natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The association has contributed an initial $50,000 to the fund. To donate to the fund for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, disaster readiness, nurses, workforce

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

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

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