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Bundled payment attracts providers—but will they sign?
By Melanie Evans | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The fast-rising number of healthcare providers joining a trial run of bundled Medicare payments signals widespread thirst to explore risk-based reimbursement models, but the success of the initiative will depend on how many take the leap.
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CMS moving forward with pay changes for rehab despite opposition
By Paul Demko | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Despite opposition from hospitals, the CMS is moving forward with a proposal to further restrict when Medicare will pay for inpatient rehabilitation services. But those changes won't be implemented until Oct. 1, 2015, according to a final rule issued by the agency on Thursday.
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CMS maintains pay boosts for psychiatric, skilled nursing, rehab providers
By Bob Herman | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Final Medicare payment increases to inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in fiscal 2015 are nearly identical to what the CMS proposed this past May, according to rules released Thursday.
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
By Associated Press | July 31, 2014
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
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Interest surges in Medicare bundled-payment initiative
By Melanie Evans | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will nearly triple the number of hospitals and medical groups that are candidates to test bundled payments, one of the health reform law's efforts to revamp healthcare financing.
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EHealth aims for larger share of subsidized insurance market
By Paul Demko | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Online brokerage eHealth is planning to be much more active in signing up individuals for coverage who qualify for subsidies during the 2015 open-enrollment period, company officials said during a call with investors Wednesday.
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Generic drugs, low enrollment dampened Medicare Part D spending: CBO
By Bob Herman | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The cost of Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug program, has been far lower than originally predicted, new data from the Congressional Budget Office show. A massive slowdown in drug spending growth and low participation in the program have played the biggest roles.
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Reform Update: Economists waiting for more numbers before dissecting ACA's impact on spending
By Melanie Evans | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumer health spending did not accelerate in April, May and June even as insurance coverage purchased through March under Obamacare went into effect, a preliminary federal estimate shows. Economists, however, met the news with more skepticism than curiosity, perhaps because of dramatic revisions...
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IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears
By Andis Robeznieks | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a severe physician shortage is imminent and the only way to avoid it is an infusion of federal money for...
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing to another more controversial way to help a small portion of the veteran population that doesn't...
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