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Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

By Joseph Conn  |  May 22, 2015

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 22, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has appointed former Kaiser Permanente executive Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson to replace Glenn Hackbarth as chairman.

Cancer docs back bundled pay

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 21, 2015

A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.

Grassley presses CMS on Medicare Advantage fraud

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 21, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is pressing the CMS and the U.S. Justice Department to crack down on Medicare Advantage fraud—an issue that's spurring a growing number of lawsuits and could be costing the government billions.

Hospitals get partial win in Medicare outlier case

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 20, 2015

A federal appeals court rejected a challenge brought by 186 hospitals over what Medicare paid them for particularly expensive patients in 2005 and 2006. But it also ruled that HHS should revisit the way it set 2004 outlier payments.

CBO's new scoring policy could affect federal healthcare programs

By Bob Herman  |  May 19, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office is under new leadership, and the agency made it clear Tuesday that a different type of economic analysis will be used to study the effects of federal spending policies, particularly those in healthcare. That could affect projections regarding the ACA.

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