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Former CMS exec heads to Deloitte
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Danielle Moon, a former top official within the CMS, has joined consulting giant Deloitte's healthcare practice as a federal health-policy analyst.
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Nearly half-million ACA enrollees still need to verify eligibility
By Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is still trying to reach hundreds of thousands of people whose citizenship or income the government has been unable to verify to confirm their eligibility for the Obamacare plans they purchased in the federal marketplace.
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Magazine
ONC scraps proposed 2015 Edition EHR testing criteria
By Joseph Conn | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has thrown out its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria to prepare electronic health-record vendors for coming EHR requirements.
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Insurers concerned about IT issues in open enrollment
By Darius Tahir | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the CMS says it is merely exploring whether it will accommodate the request.
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Magazine
CMS delays dialysis center ratings
By Sabriya Rice | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Under pressure from healthcare industry groups, the CMS announced it will delay until January its launch of a five-star rating system for kidney dialysis providers intended to help Medicare beneficiaries compare quality of care at centers across the country.
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Va. governor tries narrower path after Medicaid expansion blocked
By Virgil Dickson | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly.
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Providers like CMS' plans to expand telehealth payments—and want more
By Joseph Conn | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many of the more than 100 commenters on the CMS' proposed payment rules for telehealth services approved of the expanded geographical qualifications and coverage for wellness and behavioral-health visits, but some also called for further expansions into new areas, such as home health monitoring and...
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Vital Signs
Berwick falls short in Mass. gubernatorial bid
By Paul Demko | September 10, 2014
Former CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick, the noted healthcare quality guru and vocal advocate of a single-payer health insurance system, will not be the next governor of Massachusetts. Berwick finished third in Tuesday's Democratic primary, which was won by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha...
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CMS delays dialysis center five-star rating system
By Sabriya Rice | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will wait until January to roll out its five-star rating system meant to help consumers compare quality at dialysis centers and is reevaluating the timeline for extending it to hospitals and home care providers.
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Fear that immigrants will lose ACA coverage persists as deadline passes
By Paul Demko | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than 300,000 immigrants who signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov faced a Friday deadline to submit documentation establishing that they were eligible to sign up for coverage. But groups that work with immigrants say that there are still...
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