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Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation
By Beth Kutscher | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The $25 billion dialysis industry faces transformation as it moves from offering a profitable niche service to what insurers see as a cost center under the population health-management approach.
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Glenn Hackbarth leaving as chairman of MedPAC
Modern Healthcare | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth, 62, will be stepping down after his term expires in April.
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Vital Signs
MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage
Paul Demko | September 15, 2014
Half of new Medicare beneficiaries are opting for private plans over the traditional fee-for-service program. That's a statistic that's been reported by Modern Healthcare and other publications in recent years. Healthcare consultant John Gorman, one of the foremost experts on Medicare Advantage,...
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Proposed physician fee schedule draws criticism from docs, insurers
Virgil Dickson | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum are raising red flags about provisions of Medicare's proposed physician fee schedule for 2015, including quality incentives and reporting for physicians, a new reimbursement code for chronic-disease management and a fact-finding initiative...
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More Medicare star ratings coming soon—unless providers can put the brakes on
Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital groups and dialysis and home care providers are warning that a five-star rating system the CMS plans to apply to them as early as this fall is more likely to confuse consumers than help them meaningfully compare providers' quality and safety.
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Samitt to leave DaVita
Bob Herman | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Craig Samitt, CEO of HealthCare Partners, the Torrance, Calif.-based division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, will step down on Aug. 1. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry will assume responsibility for the division, the company said.
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CMS' inpatient rehabilitation proposal hits hurdles
Virgil Dickson | July 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and physicians are opposing a CMS proposal to further limit when Medicare will pay for inpatient rehabilitation services.
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Moving physicians from fee-for-service first step to 'doc fix,' McClellan says
Modern Healthcare | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
(This item has been updated with a correction.)
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MedPAC policy could cut reimbursements for some home health agencies
Virgil Dickson | January 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Home health agencies with high readmission rates could see their Medicare reimbursement cut under a policy the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to send Congress.
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Investors respond positively to revamping of LTAC reimbursement
Beth Kutscher | December 14, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Sometimes a Medicare cut is good news—as long as it was supposed to be worse. Investors responded favorably to a move in Congress to revamp the way Medicare pays for long-term acute care.
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