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Dialysis pay-for-performance looms

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 04, 2015

In an effort to improve outcomes at the nation's 6,000 dialysis facilities, Medicare plans to cut reimbursement rates up to 2% if the facilities perform poorly on an expanded set of quality metrics.

Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 04, 2015

For decades, the nation has poured hundreds of billions of dollars into basic and applied science to devise cures for diseases. But investing in research and development for new and better ways of delivering care in hospitals and physician offices remains a stepchild in Washington.

CMS will modify—not scrap—'two-midnight' rule

CMS will modify—not scrap—'two-midnight' rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 01, 2015

The CMS plans to soften but keep the controversial "two-midnight" rule governing short hospital stays in spite of aggressive calls from providers and policy experts to abandon the policy.

Data Points for June 29, 2015

Data Points for June 29, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 27, 2015

Data Points for the week of June 29, 2015, covered the following topics: overdose reversals, life expectancy gains, obesity, the ACA and Medicare Part D

Dialysis providers to get modest Medicare rate bump

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 26, 2015

The CMS proposed a 0.3% rate increase for end-stage renal disease services for 2016. The proposal also modifies Medicare's quality incentive program for dialysis providers.

Blog: Docs accused of fraud get more Medicare bucks (a lot more)

Blog: Docs accused of fraud get more Medicare bucks (a lot more)

By Art Golab  |  June 24, 2015

Of the 18 physicians identified so far in last week's national Medicare fraud takedown, more than half collected at least three times as much from Medicare as the average doctor in their specialty, according to Medicare physician payment data for 2013.

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