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Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

FDA approves Praluent to lower cholesterol, and other briefs

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 25, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Praluent, the first in an experimental class of biotechnology drugs, which is shown to lower bad cholesterol more significantly than older medicines that have been prescribed for decades.

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

By Melanie Evans  |  July 18, 2015

The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 18, 2015

Most senior citizens will fight fiercely to remain in their own homes, often well beyond their physical or even mental capacity to take care of themselves. A recent ACA-initiated demonstration program suggests there may be savings for Medicare if that's where seniors receive care.

Sound and fury expected on fast-track ACA repeal

By Bob Herman  |  July 18, 2015

Friday is the Republicans' self-imposed deadline to establish a fast-track budget procedure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the process likely will play out more as political theater than as a genuine threat to the law.

CMS unveils quality initiatives

By Virgil Dickson and Sabriya Rice  |  July 18, 2015

The Obama administration took two major steps last week to improve the quality of long-term care.

Senate Committee probes HealthCare.gov performance

Senate Committee probes HealthCare.gov performance

By Aurora Aguilar and Joseph Conn  |  July 14, 2015

A Senate panel on Thursday will probe whether HealthCare.gov's glitches are fixed. Republicans are skeptical of Andy Slavitt, who was hired to fix HealthCare.gov after its disastrous launch and is now President Barack Obama's pick to run the agency responsible for it.

CMS wants to require hospitals to participate in bundling demo

CMS wants to require hospitals to participate in bundling demo

By Virgil Dickson and Melanie Evans  |  July 11, 2015

For the first time, the Obama administration is proposing to require hospitals to participate in a Medicare demonstration of an alternative payment model, a recognition that the voluntary approach isn't going to achieve the rapid shift it seeks away from fee-for-service.

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