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Proposed insurance enrollment period worries some

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act's annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials.

CMS  can order trials before OKing payment for new tech

CMS can order trials before OKing payment for new tech

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 24, 2015

The CMS will continue ordering some drug and device manufacturers to collect evidence on how well their technologies work before giving its final approval on reimbursement.

CMS' dialysis evaluation system 'distorts' facilities' performance

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 24, 2015

Consumers can now evaluate the quality of care at more than 5,500 dialysis facilities online with a five-star rating system the CMS rolled out last week. But kidney-care providers remain concerned that the structure of the program will create more confusion than clarity for consumers.

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

By Paul Demko  |  January 24, 2015

President Obama has two options to flesh out healthcare spending priorities in his annual budget recommendations: Submit a status quo spending blueprint or propose new initiatives he knows Republicans will reject for the sake of shaping the healthcare debate in the 2016 presidential election.

CMS posts dialysis ratings as industry protests

CMS posts dialysis ratings as industry protests

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2015

Consumers can now evaluate the quality of care at more than 5,500 dialysis facilities online with a five-star rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The program is part of a broader federal initiative to boost transparency and help Medicare beneficiaries compare quality.

CMS urged to step up oversight of compounded drugs

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 22, 2015

Significant gaps remain in ensuring the safety of compounded drugs given in hospitals, reports a study released to Modern Healthcare early Thursday morning by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

Medicare chief  Marilyn Tavenner leaving CMS

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner leaving CMS

By Darius Tahir  |  January 17, 2015

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's announcement last Friday that she's leaving the CMS at the end of February kicked off speculation on whom President Barack Obama will nominate to replace her.

AMA CEO Madara talks about EHRs, redesigning practices

AMA CEO Madara talks about EHRs, redesigning practices

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 17, 2015

Dr. James Madara has served as executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association since 2011. Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks recently talked with Madara about re-engineering physician practices, the regulation of telemedicine practice and why the AMA opposes...

National action needed to advance telemedicine

National action needed to advance telemedicine

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 17, 2015

Telehealth, which has been around for four decades, lives in regulatory limbo, despite being one of the more promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs.

Oregon Medicaid reforms achieving saving goals

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 17, 2015

Oregon's 380,000 new Medicaid enrollees are younger and healthier than anticipated, so the influx into the state's coordinated-care system did not negatively affect its ability to meet targeted savings of $11 billion over 10 years, the state reported.

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