CMS posts public health, registry EHR readiness data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a “centralized repository” of public health agencies and registries ready to electronically receive public health data from hospitals and eligible professionals. To satisfy Stage 2 meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

AHA supports January 2018 start date for new cardiac, CJR models

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The AHA supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to delay the start date for its cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment bundled payment models until Jan. 1, 2018, the association told the agency in comments submitted today, but cautioned against additional delays that... read more

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

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

CMS releases new MACRA resources for clinicians

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released three new resources on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two new payment pathways for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The resources include a factsheet on participating in MIPS, factsheet on... read more

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

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. The proposed rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues LTCH PPS proposed 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 proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the proposed rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates would increase by a net of 0.4%, while payment rates for site-neutral cases would decrease by a net... read more

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

GAO issues report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare

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Both telehealth and remote patient monitoring may improve or maintain quality of care in Medicare, but concerns regarding payment and coverage restrictions present potential barriers to their use, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Required by the Medicare Access... read more

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

CMS reports on quality disparities for MA patients by gender, including race/ethnicity

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released reports highlighting gender differences on selected patient satisfaction and clinical care measures for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, including racial and ethnic differences. According to the reports, women were more likely than men to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, equity

Trump nominates HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation

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President Trump Friday nominated as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services Stephen Parente, Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Parente also serves as a health advisor to... read more

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

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