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AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule
By Joseph Conn | July 22, 2014
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have called on the CMS and HHS rule writers to add even more flexibility to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program for Stage 2 and beyond.
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Dubious Medicare billing found at clinical labs
By Bob Herman | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare doled out $8.2 billion in Part B payments to clinical laboratories in 2010, but more than 20% of those payments came from claims tied to questionable billing patterns, according to a government report.
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Extend filing date for meaningful-use hardship exemption: AMA, MGMA
By Joseph Conn | June 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to extend the July 1 deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program to file for hardship exemptions.
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Senators concerned docs prescribing addictive drugs to boost survey scores
By Paul Demko | June 25, 2014
Is the CMS' value-based purchasing program resulting in more doctors prescribing opioids to patients?
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Reform Update: Lobbyists push lung cancer scan coverage for smokers
By Paul Demko | June 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Representatives of the American College of Radiology, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and the Lung Cancer Alliance met on Thursday with CMS officials in Washington to try to convince the agency to cover CT scans for Medicare beneficiaries who have been heavy smokers.
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HHS seeking HealthCare.gov CEO, CTO
By Darius Tahir | June 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell plans to hire a CEO and chief technology officer for the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace, the department announced Friday. Creation of these new positions comes after critics repeatedly decried the lack of clear lines of responsibility for the site's...
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Reform Update: Primary-care docs resist end to Medicaid payment boost
By Andis Robeznieks | June 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A mix of 21 physician associations and healthcare organizations signed on to a letter to congressional leaders seeking an extension of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's two-year provision equalizing Medicaid and Medicare payments for primary-care services.
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Senators lobby CMS to cover lung CT scans for heavy smokers
By Paul Demko | May 30, 2014
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing Medicare to cover a new form of lung cancer screening they say can help with early detection of the disease.
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Medicare overpaid docs billions for office visits, OIG says
By Bob Herman | May 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare overpaid physicians $6.7 billion in 2010 for evaluation and management services, HHS' Office of Inspector General said in a study released Thursday.
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CMS officials defend releasing physician payment data
By Bob Herman | May 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, along with two other top officials within the CMS, are publicly defending last month's release of Medicare physician payment data, saying the move is part of a broader strategy of government transparency that will include more health data dumps in the future.
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