CT hospitals report on community benefits

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Connecticut hospitals invested $1.6 billion in community benefit activities in 2015, according to a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The total includes Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, uncompensated care, community services and other programs to advance community health.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Community health, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Reminder: IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available through March 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals can review their quality data through March 30 before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. “Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare

CMS delays CJR expansion, bundled payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the applicable date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program from July 1 to Oct. 1.... read more

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

MedPAC issues March report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its March report to Congress. The report details fee-for-service payment recommendations for 2018 approved by the commission in January, including recommendations for hospital services and post-acute care. For more information, see the MedPAC ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Trump nominates HHS deputy secretary

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President Trump this week nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan served on Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy... read more

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

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

Senate confirms Verma as CMS administrator

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The U.S. Senate last night voted 55-43 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Seema Verma to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. As president and founder of health care consulting company SVC Inc., Verma worked with the state of Indiana to design its Healthy Indiana Plan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CMS issues MOON FAQs for hospitals as requirement takes effect

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions for hospitals implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, including guidance on completing the free-text field that explains why the patient is not an inpatient. Effective March 8, all hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals

CMS updates web resource on provider transition to Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its webpage to help health care providers prepare for the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, which will replace the Health Insurance Claim Number on transactions such as billing, eligibility status and claim status by April 2019. The agency expects a ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS webinar March 22 on new Medicare ACO model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a March 22 webinar on the Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1+ Model, which will begin in 2018. Announced in December, the model will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO

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