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Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.
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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.
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CMS to weigh Medicare coverage of CT scans for smokers
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On April 30 the CMS will convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to decide if Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans for current or past heavy smokers.
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Reform Update: Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs, research shows
By Melanie Evans | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're assigned to, and many do not stay within the same ACO from one year to the next.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How many non-elderly Americans will have health insurance in 2014 because of Obamacare? Read Data Points and find out.
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Report details stakeholders' roles in price transparency
By Rachel Landen | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on price transparency for patients, while employers and the government also should help, according to a report by a coalition of groups led by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
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Cuts proposed for hospital outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' Office of the Inspector General recommended last week that the CMS seek congressional approval to pay the same rates for surgeries in hospital outpatient departments that Medicare pays for procedures done by freestanding ambulatory surgery centers.
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What’s needed next: Transparency in outcomes, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the April 14 issue, Merrill Goozner’s editorial, noting the potential value of the release by the CMS of individual physician payments, is immediately followed by a guest editorial from
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Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center
By Melanie Evans | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative.
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Hospitals oppose cuts to outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pressure is mounting in Washington to cut Medicare's rates for hospital outpatient surgeries, even though government prices already fail to cover hospitals' costs.
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