CMS proposes changes to MA, prescription drug programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late this afternoon released a proposed rule that would make programmatic and operational changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit programs for contract year 2019. According to the agency, the rule would revise program regulations to... read more

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

CMS to detail new low-volume Medicare appeals settlement option

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to release in coming weeks details on a new Medicare appeals settlement option for health care providers and suppliers with a low volume of appeals pending at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA resources highlight crucial role of rural hospitals, Medicare extenders

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Today is National Rural Health Day , an annual event spotlighting the unique health care needs and access and delivery challenges of America’s rural and frontier communities. “Without action from Congress, critical programs that protect health care in rural communities will expire,” notes a new AHA ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

Bipartisan House bill introduced to prevent 340B cuts

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Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) last night introduced H.R. 4392, a bill that would prevent a dramatic reduction in Medicare Part B payments for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a final... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare

Ways and Means leaders announce Medicare extender plan

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today announced a bipartisan agreement to extend certain expiring Medicare provisions for rural and other providers. The proposal would extend the Medicare-Dependent Hospital and Low-Volume Adjustment... read more

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

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

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Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve... read more

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

Hospital groups file lawsuit to stop OPPS payment cut for 340B hospitals

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The AHA joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and America’s Essential Hospitals today filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from reducing Medicare payments for hospital outpatient drugs under the 340B Drug Pricing Program by nearly 30%. Eastern... read more

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

Trump nominates Azar as HHS secretary

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President Trump today nominated to serve as the next Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration. “We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,” said... read more

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

CMS announces provider ombudsman for new Medicare cards

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has named an ombudsman to serve as a resource for health care providers concerning the new Medicare beneficiary enrollment cards. “Dr. Eugene Freund will be serving in this position,” the agency said in a notice last week. “He will also communicate about the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA webinar Nov. 17 to review MACRA QPP final rule

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Join AHA policy experts for a Nov. 17 webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule updating Quality Payment Program requirements for physicians and other eligible clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Released Nov. 2, the rule specifies what eligible... read more

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

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