CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 19, 2014

Cindy Mann's planned departure next month from her post as the CMS' deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Services (CMCS) surprised healthcare stakeholders who know her and are familiar with her work.

Recovery audit lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 19, 2014

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by hospitals seeking to compel HHS to meet statutory timelines for processing appeals to recovery audits. The American Hospital Association said in a statement that it disagrees with the court's decision and expects to file an appeal.

Docs take note: Make quality-reporting deadline or face penalty

By Andis Robeznieks  |  December 18, 2014

Physician advocates are warning doctors to pay close attention to the CMS' recently released Physician Quality Reporting System data submission deadlines, because the 2014 data they report will be used to calculate their future Medicare payments.

Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

Doc database may soon include CME-related payments

Doc database may soon include CME-related payments

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 15, 2014

The CMS now suggests payments from drug and device companies for continuing medical education must be reported to the Open Payments database if the contributors learn which doctors lead the sessions.

WellCare promotes Burdick to CEO

WellCare promotes Burdick to CEO

By Bob Herman  |  December 15, 2014

Kenneth Burdick has been named CEO of WellCare Health Plans, a Tampa, Fla.-based managed-care company that has suffered smaller margins and upheaval in its executive ranks this year.

VA's private-care initiative impeded by administrative issues

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 12, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hampering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for vets unable to get treatment within the system, say some providers around the country who have tried working in the new program.

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