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Hospitals hope for relief from CMS' two-midnight rule
By Bob Herman | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lots of people have ideas about how to change Medicare's unpopular two-midnight rule for short patient stays. But based on the public comments the CMS solicited in May, there's no consensus on what a new policy should look like.
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Eastern Niagara Health closing rural hospital in Newfane, N.Y.
By Beth Kutscher | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
On Aug. 29, Eastern Niagara Health System will end inpatient services at its 71-bed hospital in Newfane, N.Y., the first hospital in New York to close this year. Ten rural hospitals already have shut their doors this year, according to the National Rural Health Association.
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CMS considers covering HIV screening for all Medicare beneficiaries
By Virgil Dickson | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has accepted a request from HIV/AIDS advocates to consider paying for HIV screening of all Medicare beneficiaries without regard to perceived risk behavior rather than only for pregnant women and those at high risk for the virus.
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CMS to withhold one-third of provider data as Open Payments website problems mount
By Darius Tahir | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has confirmed that it will withhold until next June about one-third of submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals due to suspected inaccuracies with data included on its Open Payments website.
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Immigrant ACA enrollees told to provide legal documentation, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some immigrants who signed up for insurance coverage via HealthCare.gov are on notice that they could lose their coverage unless they immediately furnish proof that they are legally qualified for coverage.
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Many could lose out on EHR incentives payments
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Billions of dollars in federal electronic health-record incentive payments appear to be in jeopardy as hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals that got an early start on the payment program face a more stringent set of criteria this year, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of...
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CMS' contractors may duplicate audits: GAO
By Bob Herman | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS' audit contractors may overlap duties and hammer hospitals with multiple reviews of the same payment claims, according to a Government Accountability Office report that corroborates provider concerns.
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Is the Sunshine Act website repeating HealthCare.gov's mistakes?
By Darius Tahir | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A mix-up of information about two physicians with the same name in different states has opened a window on wide-ranging technical problems the CMS is facing with its Open Payments website reporting industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals.
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DaVita CMO Dr. Allen Nissenson on renal care and Medicare ACOs
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Allen Nissenson, CMO for Denver-based DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, says his organization believes in the ACO approach and plans to take part in coming Medicare accountable care pilot programs, though there are concerns about financing and regulation.
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CMS pulls provider review version of Sunshine Act database, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS has removed the provider review version of a new database that details financial relationships between healthcare providers and drug and medical-device manufacturers.
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