CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

Hearing highlights benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining how covered entities use the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Established by Congress in 1992, the program mandates that drug manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prices

FDA approves drug imports, CMS certain blanket waivers after hurricanes

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Baxter Healthcare Corp., in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, has agreed to temporarily import certain intravenous drug products, such as sodium chloride, from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Australia to address shortages of critical drug products after Hurricane... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, Medicare, disaster readiness

Hargan named acting HHS secretary

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President Trump yesterday named Eric Hargan as Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services. Confirmed as HHS deputy secretary last week, Hargan previously served on the president’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy secretary and acting deputy secretary under... read more

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

AHA comments on CMS proposal to cancel bundling programs

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Hospitals generally support the proposed cancellation of the cardiac and Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment bundling program and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundling program and partial conversion of the CJR program to a voluntary model, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels told... read more

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

Groups urge CMS to suspend draft laboratory payment rates under PAMA

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Twenty-three organizations, including the AHA, Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend implementation of new draft Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, citing significant concerns with the data collection... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

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

Hargan sworn in as HHS deputy secretary

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The U.S. Senate this week voted 57-38 to confirm as Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan, who was sworn in yesterday, previously served on President Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy... read more

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

IPAB repeal bill clears House committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted 24-13 to approve legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member board was created by the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on Medicare payment policy if the projected five-year average growth in per capita... read more

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

Hospitals to begin using QualityNet to submit meaningful use attestations

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Beginning on Jan. 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals attesting to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will submit their 2017 meaningful use attestations to the QualityNet (Qnet) secure portal, according to a notice on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... read more

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

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