AHA to MedPAC: Base MACRA proposals on data, experience from field

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The AHA today strongly urged the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to “draw upon data and experience from the field” before proposing policy changes to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models for clinicians. “The first performance period for the MIPS and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

CMS delays effective date of certain CJR program changes to March 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday delayed, in accordance with a recent White House memorandum, the effective date of certain technical changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program from Feb. 18 to March 21. The delay applies to certain modifications made to the... read more

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

Senate Finance Committee holds confirmation hearing for CMS administrator

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for health care consultant Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. During the hearing, Verma voiced support for helping rural and other health care providers avoid unnecessary... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Medicaid, leadership, regulation

CMS: U.S. health spending projected to grow 5.6% annually over decade

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Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow an average 5.6% annually during 2016-2025, outpacing average projected growth in gross domestic product by 1.2 percentage points, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary reported today. As a result, the... read more

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

CMS extends deadlines for submitting certain quality reporting data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended the deadline for inpatient and prospective payment system-exempt cancer hospitals to submit certain data to Medicare quality reporting programs, citing system issues and problems for some users accessing QualityNet reports. The new deadline, Feb.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare

AHA comments on PACE proposal for people under 55

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The AHA generally supports advancing new models of care for younger populations that could benefit from the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for policy analysis and development, told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Senate approves Price nomination for HHS secretary

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The Senate early today voted 52-47 along party lines to approve President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as Health and Human Services secretary. Price, who has served on the House Ways and Means Committee and as chairman of the House Budget Committee, spent most of his career working... read more

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

Medicare EHR program extends attestation deadline

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended the attestation deadline for hospitals and eligible physicians participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to March 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Hospitals participating in the program must attest to meeting 2016... read more

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

CMS webinar tomorrow on Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Feb. 7 webinar on the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice. To register for the webinar, which begins at 2:30 p.m. ET, click here. CMS recently updated its Medicare claims processing manual to include guidance on implementing the MOON, a standard... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

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