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Congress far from Medicare extender deal

Congress far from Medicare extender deal

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 22, 2017

Rural hospitals are worried Congress' delay in funding now-expired Medicare extenders will throw them into more financial instability as the providers face a continuing crisis of closures.

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November 22, 2017

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CMS expands value-based Medicare Advantage project to 25 states

CMS expands value-based Medicare Advantage project to 25 states

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 22, 2017

Starting in 2019, insurers in 15 more states will be able to participate in Medicare Advantage's value-based insurance design program. Plans encourage the use of high-value clinical services among chronically ill patients by lowering or eliminating cost-sharing.

Net neutrality repeal threatens telemedicine

Net neutrality repeal threatens telemedicine

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 22, 2017

With net neutrality on the verge of repeal, some healthcare experts worry the industry, and especially rural organizations, will struggle with the policy changes.

New CMS quality measure tool in the works

New CMS quality measure tool in the works

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 22, 2017

The CMS is working on a new online resource that will make it easier for providers to figure out which quality measures are under development.

CMS proposes overhaul of cardiac device coverage

CMS proposes overhaul of cardiac device coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 22, 2017

The CMS has suggested major revisions to its implantable cardiac devices coverage policy to give patients faster access to the treatments. The reimbursement policies haven't been updated since 2005.

EHR vendors, 2017

EHR vendors, 2017

November 22, 2017

A list of the nation's top 20 EHR vendors, ranked by number of hospitals reporting the company as primary vendor during year 2015. Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, "EHR Developers Reported by Health Care Providers Participating in Federal Programs,"...

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 22, 2017

Consumers flock to Amazon for genetic tests, WebMD lays off 10 percent of its workforce, and researchers uncover the sugar industry's nefarious past.

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 21, 2017

The CMS has expanded an experiment that pays rural hospitals the actual cost of care versus standard Medicare rates. Executives say the funds are key to ensure quality care.

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