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Congress urged to extend CHIP in light of cloudy ACA future

Congress urged to extend CHIP in light of cloudy ACA future

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 15, 2016

Congress is being asked to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program another five years in light of Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which expanded coverage to 22 million people, including children.

CMS survey of patients under MIPS not likely to shed light

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2016

The CMS next year will ask Medicare beneficiaries how their providers are doing under new payment models aimed at improving the quality of care while lowering cost. But critics say it's not likely to help consumers.

CMS rejects N.H.'s request for Medicaid work requirement, proof of ID

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 05, 2016

The CMS is denying a New Hampshire waiver request that would impose a work requirement on the state's Medicaid beneficiaries, create new standards for verifying U.S. citizenship and penalize beneficiaries if they use the ER in non-emergency situations.

Baby boomers, drugs pushing up federal healthcare spending

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 23, 2016

Federal spending for major healthcare programs are estimated to increase by $55 billion, or 6%, in 2016 after a technical adjustment for payment timing shifts, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 16, 2016

Last week, two well-respected groups of government economists predicted the end is nigh for the era of restrained growth in healthcare spending. Ignore them. They've been wrong before. They will be proven wrong again.

CMS updates rule allowing claims data to be sold

CMS updates rule allowing claims data to be sold

By Joseph Conn and Adam Rubenfire  |  July 01, 2016

Data mining of patient medical records kept by the federal government will get a boost by the CMS, following the release of finalized changes to the so-called Qualified Entity Program.

Arizona joins rest of nation with children's health plan

By Associated Press  |  May 14, 2016

Arizona has joined the 49 other states that offer a federal health insurance program for low-income children after backers of the plan pushed it through the state Legislature earlier this month and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed it into law.

Slavitt promises flexibility, mindfulness during MACRA implementation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 11, 2016

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt emphasized a commitment to working with providers as the new Medicare reimbursement system is implemented. House lawmakers said small-group and solo practitioners are concerned the model will push them out of business or into larger groups.

CMS preps Medicaid agencies on MACRA ID change

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 06, 2016

The CMS has started making biweekly calls to state Medicaid agencies to ensure that their information technology systems are ready to handle the 60 million new identification cards the agency is preparing to send out to Medicare beneficiaries, including those dually eligible for both Medicaid and...

Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

Docs face stark choices under new Medicare pay proposal

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 30, 2016

The new draft regulations designed to change how Medicare pays clinicians represent the most sweeping overhaul the CMS has made in a long time to the business of running a physician practice.

CMS unveils Primary Care Plus

CMS unveils Primary Care Plus

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 16, 2016

With less than a year to go in the Obama administration's public-private push for better care management among primary-care providers, the CMS has rolled out a souped-up care-delivery model.

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