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MedPAC questions accuracy of hospital star-rating system

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 01, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has added its influential voice to those questioning the accuracy of the CMS' hospital quality star-rating system and whether or not it penalizes hospitals with the sickest patients. The panel, which advises Congress on Medicare spending, will develop its...

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.

Changes loom as most-popular Medigap plans face extinction

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

A provision within the new Medicare physician payment law eliminates the most popular types of Medigap plans and therefore will lead to future Medigap enrollees paying more out of pocket for their medical care.

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 25, 2016

Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.

Data Points for June 6, 2016

Data Points for June 6, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 04, 2016

Data Points for the week of June 6, 2016, covered the following topics: Rural healthcare, EMS services in rural areas, VA services in rural areas, and healthcare access in rural areas.

MedPAC outlines post-acute pay overhaul, backs Part D changes

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 07, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has completed work on a road map for overhauling how the program pays for post-acute care. The advisory panel voted to back a variety of changes to the Part D prescription drug program that could save as much as $10 billion over five years.

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