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Future unclear for CMS' mandatory value-based initiatives

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 25, 2017

The CMS' decision to delay expansion of a major, mandatory bundled-payment pilot, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, raises questions about the future of such initiatives under the Trump administration.

Federal duals demo is improving care, CMS audit finds

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 24, 2017

Low income disabled patients say their care has improved under a federal experiment that allows states test ways to better manage benefits and care for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a federal audit.

CMS seeks to attract more patients, docs to ACOs

CMS seeks to attract more patients, docs to ACOs

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 23, 2017

The CMS is trying to boost patient and provider participation in accountable care organizations by automating the process to pair patients with doctors enrolled in the care models.

CMS needs to alert docs as it overhauls Medicare ID cards

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 22, 2017

As the CMS works to remove Social Security numbers from millions of Medicare ID cards, providers are calling on the agency to increase physician outreach efforts to alert them how billing under the program may change.

CMS delays expansion of bundled payment programs

CMS delays expansion of bundled payment programs

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 20, 2017

For now, it's a delay of three months, but the CMS is considering pushing back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program and its cardiac bundles until 2018.

CMS to launch national campaign to promote coordinated-care program

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 14, 2017

Doctors may be unknowingly forgoing hundreds of millions in federal funding that would compensate them to better care for the sickest Medicare beneficiaries, and the CMS is launching a national campaign Wednesday to encourage physicians to take advantage of the funds.

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