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The world isn't waiting for better healthcare quality measures

The world isn't waiting for better healthcare quality measures

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 08, 2015

It doesn't matter how much healthcare providers and researchers rail about the inadequacy and inconsistency of the consumer ratings offered by the CMS, the Leapfrog Group, journalism outfits and online startups. They are not only here to stay, they are proliferating.

Nursing homes' use of binding arbitration comes under fire

Nursing homes' use of binding arbitration comes under fire

By Lisa Schencker  |  August 08, 2015

There's general agreement that a CMS rule barring nursing facilities from requiring arbitration agreements is long overdue. But while industry representatives generally support the proposed rule, parts of it have left some trial lawyers and patient advocates fuming.

Advocates split with health plans, states over Medicaid long-term care rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 29, 2015

Patient advocates are praising a section of the CMS' proposed Medicaid managed-care rule related to long-term care. But health plans and states are sharply critical of provisions imposing new credentialing requirements on long-term care providers and allowing beneficiaries to opt out of managed...

CMS unveils quality initiatives

By Virgil Dickson and Sabriya Rice  |  July 18, 2015

The Obama administration took two major steps last week to improve the quality of long-term care.

Obama administration moves to strengthen nursing home oversight

Obama administration moves to strengthen nursing home oversight

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 13, 2015

The CMS is proposing rules aimed at dramatically improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare patients receive in nursing homes. If finalized, the proposals outlined would cost the nursing home industry $729 million in the first year the rule is in effect and $638 million in year two.

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

By Fawn Lopez  |  May 23, 2015

Modern Healthcare has documented every Medicare and Medicaid milestone and challenge since Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976. This section commemorates the programs' 50th anniversary by providing some history and an overview of their challenges.

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

By Judy Feder  |  May 23, 2015

Georgetown University professor and former HHS official Judy Feder writes that the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid enactment calls for a celebration. Medicare provides health insurance protection to virtually all older Americans and many workers who become disabled.

CMS to release Medicaid managed-care rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

The CMS is about to release a sweeping proposed rule that could fuel a major expansion of Medicaid managed long-term care for elderly and disabled beneficiaries.

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