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CMS finalizes 2015 payment cuts to home healthcare agencies

By Paul Demko  |  October 31, 2014

Medicare payments to home healthcare providers will be reduced by $60 million, or 0.3%, in 2015, according to the CMS. The agency issued a final rule Thursday detailing payment policies for agencies that care for homebound patients.

Coming Medicaid plan rules will set new access standards

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 28, 2014

CMS officials say they're on track for a January 2015 release of sweeping new Medicaid managed-care regulations intended to ensure that beneficiaries get timely access to care and better integration of services.

AdvaMed's CEO on new payment models, repealing device tax

AdvaMed's CEO on new payment models, repealing device tax

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 25, 2014

Stephen Ubl became president and CEO in 2005 of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a 270-member group representing manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products and medical information systems. Modern Healthcare reporter Sabriya Rice recently spoke with Ubl about the potential...

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Q3 reform winner

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Q3 reform winner

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 25, 2014

The Republican GOP governor, who's trailing in the polls in his re-election contest, received CMS approval Aug. 28 for his Medicaid expansion plan.

Medicare considers national coverage for new prostate cancer test

By Bob Herman  |  October 18, 2014

Medicare will begin initial coverage for a genetic prostate cancer test and will consider national coverage. A Medicare administrative contractor, Palmetto GBA, said it will pay for a diagnostic test that evaluates prostate cancer risk in men, and the nation's largest payer will reach out to...

New fed loans to promote rural ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  October 18, 2014

The Obama administration plans to offer infrastructure loans to small and rural healthcare providers to participate in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.

AMA's RUC panel draws more fire

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 18, 2014

A report attacking the American Medical Association's annual recommendations to the CMS on physician pay claims the association wildly overestimates the time it takes specialists to perform their work.

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