CMS proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain who are enrolled participants either in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health or in CMS-approved studies. Currently, acupuncture is non-covered by Medicare.
CMS finalized its national coverage policy for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM). ABPM is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a device to track blood pressure over 24-hour cycles
By Leslie Athmer – The QPP Performance Feedback Reports for 2018 were released on July 1, 2019 and can be downloaded by logging into your QPP account. As confirmed with CMS, this report is considered your final score for the 2018 performance year.
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.
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.
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