CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for Hurricane Irma

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Certain hospitals and other facilities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma will be granted exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs without submitting an extraordinary circumstances request, the Centers for Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness

CMS webinar Sept. 18 on new Medicare card

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday will host a webinar for health care providers on the new Medicare beneficiary enrollment cards. Earlier this week, CMS revealed for the first time publicly the newly-designed Medicare card, which contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

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

AHA shares PAC PPS report, concerns with HHS

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s post-acute care prospective payment system prototype contains fundamental problems that make it unworkable as a foundation for a PAC PPS, AHA told the Department of Health and Human Services today. According to an AHA-commissioned analysis of the prototype by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA releases MACRA Decision Guide

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The AHA has released a new tool to help member hospitals and their clinician partners decide which track to pursue under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models. By answering a series of questions, the interactive decision... read more

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

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

AHA urges CMS to withdraw proposed cut to 340B program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA today told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “CMS lacks... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

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