As skilled nursing facilities prepare for a payment model shift focused on reimbursement based on each patient’s unique medical complexity rather than volume of care given, many are turning to Clinical Documentation Improvement programs for help.
By Sarah Jane Tribble – As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them.
On April 23, 2019, CMS issued the FY 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule.
Consumer-friendly Medicare Advantage Plans Could be Creating the Blueprint for the Future of Health Insurance
By Jeff Carroll – Driven by a seemingly ever-expanding list of potential and innovative benefits such as at-home meal delivery and home-air cleaning, Medicare Advantage plans are pointing the way to a more consumer-centric approach to health insurance….
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a Request for Information seeking new ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Patients over Paperwork initiative.
CMS now produces a new podcast, “CMS: Beyond the Policy,”. It will highlight updates and changes to policies and programs in an easily accessible and conversational format. The podcast was created as a new method to explain the agency’s policies and programs.
The U.S. Department of HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma are announcing the CMS Primary Cares Initiative, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system.
CMS has posted a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resource to the QPP Resource Library to answer questions and provide additional information on 2019 group participation in MIPS.
By Cara V. James PhD – Each April marks National Minority Health Month, providing the opportunity to acknowledge the progress made in reducing disparities, as well as a chance to reflect on what more needs to be done to achieve health equity.
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