AHA comments on proposed changes to MACRA quality payment program

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Commenting today on the proposed rule updating the clinician quality payment program for 2018, AHA applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for responding to its long-standing request to develop a facility-based measurement option for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The association... read more

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

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

Reminder: AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

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

Medicare appeals order sent back to trial court

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will bear a “heavy burden to demonstrate the existence of an impossibility” notes today’s decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

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

CMS issues FY 2018 payment update for inpatient psychiatric facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a notice updating the payment rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2018. CMS makes a net payment increase of 0.99%, or $45 million, compared to FY 2017. This includes a 2.6% market-basket update, offset by cuts of 0.6% for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Behavioral health

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