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CMS asks Congress to help improve care for dual eligibles

CMS asks Congress to help improve care for dual eligibles

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 20, 2018

The CMS has submitted a series of legislative ideas to Congress they say would better coordinate care for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. These beneficiaries tend to be sicker and more expensive to manage.

Hospitals urge Congress to pass new 340B legislation

Hospitals urge Congress to pass new 340B legislation

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 12, 2018

A bill introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) could give hospitals in the 340B program new price protections, according to providers. The proposal could also reverse a more than $1 billion cut to the federal drug discount program.

CMS finalizes disaster policy for hospitals in bundled-pay program

CMS finalizes disaster policy for hospitals in bundled-pay program

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 08, 2018

The CMS finalized a natural disaster policy for hospitals in the mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, in the hopes of not penalizing hospitals if they exceed spending goals due to uncontrollable events.

White House officials call for ACO rule changes

White House officials call for ACO rule changes

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 07, 2018

Accountable care organizations are failing to meet their promise to save Medicare money, and regulations governing the model need to change, according to senior White House officials.

Azar and Congress seek to fix Medicare wage index

Azar and Congress seek to fix Medicare wage index

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said he wants to team up with Congress to overhaul the Medicare wage index, which lawmakers increasingly say is a threat to rural healthcare.

Medicare funds drying up faster than estimated

Medicare funds drying up faster than estimated

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 05, 2018

The Trump administration said Medicare funding will end sooner than previously estimated. That's partly because ending the individual mandate will increase Medicare uncompensated-care payments to hospitals.

CMS considers paying for medical device that treats depression

CMS considers paying for medical device that treats depression

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 01, 2018

The CMS is considering covering a brain stimulation therapy device that helps treat depression in patients who don't respond to other treatments. Hospitals could receive up to $30,000 per patient if the agency covers the device.

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