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22 states petition CMS to repeal health worker vaccine mandate

November 18, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

The rule requires hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities to ensure staff are fully vaccinated or risk losing Medicare and Medicaid funding. In January the Supreme Court upheld the mandate in a 5-4 decision, ruling the […]


EHR & EMR

CMS Rule Builds on ONC Initiatives to Simplify Health Information Exchange

October 20, 2022

Via: Health IT Answers

On August 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced final changes to its payment program for acute care hospitals in 2023. The FY 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule also included policies for the […]


EHR & EMR

Physician groups urge CMS to prevent payment cuts, protect telehealth

September 7, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

Reforming the Medicare physician payment system is a top priority for the AMA. The group successfully lobbied Congress to delay a round of 4% cuts to Medicare rates until 2023 that were set to take effect at the end of […]


EHR & EMR

Medicare patients in poor neighborhoods benefited most from CMS telehealth expansion, study finds

May 6, 2022

Via: FierceHealthcare

Expanding Medicare coverage of telemedicine during the pandemic increased odds of use among minority populations and patients in metropolitan areas, a new study found. The study, overseen by Johns Hopkins University, was published in Health Affairs and looked at 30 […]


EHR & EMR

Telemedicine reached disadvantaged communities during pandemic, study finds

May 4, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

Telemedicine skyrocketed after CMS relaxed restrictions on geographic location and allowed providers to bill for virtual patient visits at the same rate as in-person visits during the public health emergency. The Medicare telemedicine coverage waiver issued early 2020 also reduced […]


Regulatory

Biden admin drops challenge to Texas Medicaid waiver

April 25, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

The Trump administration in last January approved a decadelong extension of Texas’ Medicaid waiver, just days before President Joe Biden was sworn into office. The state applied for ane tension early, as the waiver was scheduled to expire in fall […]


News

CMS, FDA present united front against criticism of Aduhelm coverage decision

April 8, 2022

Via: FierceHealthcare

Leaders of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sought to present a united front a day after CMS approved narrow Medicare coverage of the Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm. FDA Commissioner Robert […]


Regulatory

AHIP presses CMS to install changes to help ensure accuracy of Medicare Advantage risk scores impacted by pandemic

March 7, 2022

Via: FierceHealthcare

The Biden administration needs to do more to address the impact of the pandemic on Medicare Advantage enrollee risk scores, a key payer group charges. The insurance lobbying group AHIP said in comments on the MA and Part D advance […]


News

CMS actuaries: Healthcare expenditures spiked 9.7% in 2020 amid COVID-19 response

December 15, 2021

Via: FierceHealthcare

U.S. healthcare spending skyrocketed in 2020 as the federal government invested significantly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS’ Office of the Actuary released its annual report […]


Regulatory

After court-ordered injunctions, Cleveland Clinic, HCA and other providers hit pause on workforce vaccine mandates

December 6, 2021

Via: FierceHealthcare

Early decisions from a pair of federal judges have several hospitals and health systems pumping the brakes on workforce COVID-19 vaccination requirements as they wait to see how the Biden administration’s nationwide mandate will play out in the courts. Thursday, […]


News

HHS wants feedback on improving equity in dialysis care, organ transplantation

December 2, 2021

Via: FierceHealthcare

The Biden administration is asking for feedback on how to improve health equity in the organ transplant system and boost access to dialysis services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for information Wednesday to seek […]


Innovation, Medical Devices

Repealing Trump-era breakthrough device coverage limits access to ‘life-changing treatments,’ lawmakers say

November 29, 2021

Via: FierceHealthcare

Dozens of House representatives have taken issue with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) recent repeal of a Trump-era rule granting expedited Medicare coverage to breakthrough medical devices. In a letter penned to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure last […]


EHR & EMR

The importance of establishing a provider data repository

August 6, 2021

Via: Healthcare Dive

Accurate and up-to-date healthcare provider data is integral for health plans to guide their members towards the most appropriate care and for providers to deliver that care efficiently – ultimately reducing cost, improving quality of care, and improving outcomes. Collecting […]


News

Radiation therapy ‘under attack’ from CMS cuts, professional body warns

July 21, 2021

Via: Healthcare Dive

ASTRO is a long-standing critic of the radiation oncology model proposed by CMS. The aim of the model for the agency is to enhance the quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries while reducing or maintaining spending. Through the model, […]


EHR & EMR

HHS releases strategy to ease EHR burdens on physicians

February 27, 2020

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

On 21 February, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released a strategy that aims to […]


News

Price Transparency: Challenges and Solutions for Hospitals

January 27, 2020

Via: HITECH Answers

The call for healthcare price transparency is growing louder, with seemingly obvious benefits. Patients, knowing what they’ll owe, can make informed decisions about their care and how they’ll pay for it. Providers can build trusting relationships and increase the likelihood […]


Uncategorized

How Virtual Care is Improving Access and Affordability of Healthcare

November 21, 2018

Via: Healthcare Informatics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made strides in providing more affordable, accessible care for all patients. A new rule allowing Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to access telehealth from home was recently proposed. CMS also released its CY […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

ONC, CMS set their sights on reducing EHR clinical burden

March 8, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

With physicians spending more time entering data into electronic health records and less time engaged in direct patient care, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making the streamlining of the EHR documentation process and reduction of […]


News

Low nurse staffing may cost your facility millions of dollars

January 2, 2018

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

The nurse shortage may be affecting your bottom line in more ways than one. In this guest post, Brian Hudson, senior VP of a staffing company that specializes in the international recruitment of healthcare professionals, explains how inadequate nurse staffing […]


Regulatory

Disaster Exceptions and Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

September 6, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation […]