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CMS issues final rules for home health agencies

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  January 09, 2017

In setting standards for home health agencies to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, the federal agency took steps to bolster patients' rights and drive coordinated, patient-centered care.

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

Trump's CMS pick is viewed as both patient advocate and foe

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 29, 2016

Verma has supported charging premiums to individuals above and below the poverty line and freezing beneficiaries out of coverage if they don't pay. But she could prove to be a knowledgeable ally to states looking to better control their Medicaid dollars.

As HHS secretary, Price would likely focus on state healthcare reform

As HHS secretary, Price would likely focus on state healthcare reform

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 22, 2016

He has supported the idea of states controlling their own healthcare dollars, even if the ideas are more left-leaning than he might personally advocate. Price also worked with Democrats and has shown a willingness to talk about policy ideas from people of all political views.

MACRA likely major topic at AHIP conference

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule released earlier this month includes funding to create and implement a core set of performance measures to be used by private and public insurers alike.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Shannon Muchmore , Shelby Livingston and Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final CMS rule for implementing MACRA. The CMS will also broaden the opportunities for physicians to join alternative models that carry bigger rate increases and bonuses.

Talking point or real solution? Experts assess Trump's favorite health reform idea

Talking point or real solution? Experts assess Trump's favorite health reform idea

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 15, 2016

At the second general election debate, Donald Trump again touted allowing health insurers to sell plans across state lines as a way to make coverage affordable after killing the ACA. But the policy could undermine the individual market and roll back protections that consumers have come to rely on.

ONC finalizes rule giving more oversight of EHRs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

In a final rule released last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will have more oversight of electronic health records and other technologies that store, share and analyze patient information. The rule also gives the ONC the authority to ask developers to...

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