The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is starting the complex work of balancing quality of patient care with building a prototype that may change how Medicare reimburses skilled-nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals.
The CMS is under fire from home health firms and senior citizen advocates for its proposed reductions in the reimbursement schedule and a proposed quality incentive program. They fear it will jeopardize patient access to home healthcare.
Nicholas Tejeda has taken the helm as CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Tejeda, 36, assumed his duties in July, replacing Sally Hurt-Deitch, who is now market CEO of the hospital's parent system, Sierra Providence Health Network.
Dr. David Shulkin, the Obama administration's nominee for Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, was approved last week by a voice vote of the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee. His nomination now goes before the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson named chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and other news makers
Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson has been named chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare spending.
Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.
Regarding “MedPAC looks to discourage short stays, but sidesteps two-midnight rule”, this article shows the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's true ignorance of managing ill patients in rural America.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is tentatively backing a package of recommendations that will both overhaul how recovery audit contractors operate and discourage hospitals from billing for too many short inpatient stays.
Congressional Republicans have named Keith Hall head of the Congressional Budget Office, and other news
Congressional Republicans have named Keith Hall head of the Congressional Budget Office, which plays a crucial role in assessing how much healthcare programs will cost the Treasury.
Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has voted unanimously to make a series of recommendations to Congress that would either freeze reimbursements or make them site-neutral. The goal is to potentially save Medicare several billion dollars.
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.