By Jill Reeves – The 2019 Fiscal Year is well underway, and 2019 proper will be here in a hot minute. That makes this as good a time as any to preview some of the changes that have recently been or are about to be rolled out by CMS.
By Tim Engelhardt – CMS released a report that demonstrates how empowering states can help reduce costs. The report summarizes the final Medicare Parts A & B actuarial savings analysis of the Washington managed fee-for-service demonstration…
In a proposed rule issued, CMS took action to build upon the Administration’s ongoing efforts to modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, which provide seniors with Medicare health and prescription drug coverage through private plans.
By Robert F. Bacon – The provider community has been begging for documentation reform for over 20 years, and there is no question that simplifying the complex requirements of clinical documentation is necessary.
By Phil Galewitz – Accountable care organizations were among the key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act, designed to help control soaring Medicare costs. ACOs were expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the CBO.
By Nathaniel M. Lacktman – The Office of Inspector General at the Department of HHS just published a new report on OIG’s review of Medicare payments for telehealth services. The objective of the OIG review was to determine whether or not CMS paid practitioners for telehealth services that met Medicare requirements.
By Susan Jaffe – Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next year.
By Jay Hancock – Saturdays at Mercy Medical Center used to be perversely lucrative. The dialysis clinic across the street was closed on weekends. That meant the downtown Baltimore hospital would see patients with failing kidneys who should have gone to the dialysis center.
CMS is reporting these events, updates and deadlines for providers and hospitals on payment issues concerning Medicare and Medicaid. News includes MIPS deadlines, Medicare cost reports, and Low Volume Appeals process.
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