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Q&A with AHA Board Chair Nancy Howell Agee on sharing industry best practices

Q&A with AHA Board Chair Nancy Howell Agee on sharing industry best practices

By Matthew Weinstock  |  August 11, 2018

The American Hospital Association in September will launch its Center for Health Innovation, which aims to spread best practices across the membership. AHA Board Chair Nancy Howell Agee has been a key driver behind the association's efforts to address innovation.

CMS plans to 'retire' some ACOs

CMS plans to 'retire' some ACOs

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 09, 2018

In an effort to encourage ACOs to take on downside risk earlier, it plans to end the Track 1 upside-risk-only model.

Medicare appeals backlog plummets more than 30% since 2017

Medicare appeals backlog plummets more than 30% since 2017

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 06, 2018

HHS revealed it has made progress reducing its Medicare appeals backlog and won't need to pursue the AHA's suggestions to expedite pending cases. But the agency conceded it won't be able to meet a federal judge's requirement to eliminate the backlog by the end of 2020.

Uncompensated-care audits coming in fall

Uncompensated-care audits coming in fall

By Tara Bannow  |  August 04, 2018

The CMS' payment formula in the first year places increased scrutiny on hospitals' charity care and bad debt reporting, but the agency isn't offering much detail on the audit process, which begins this fall.

Medicare officially kills 25% rule for long-term care hospitals

Medicare officially kills 25% rule for long-term care hospitals

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 02, 2018

The CMS' final inpatient pay rule ends a long proposed 25% rule affecting long-term care hospitals' Medicare reimbursements. The rule also finalized plans to overhaul the meaningful use program to offer incentives for interoperability.

Hospices getting $340 million Medicare raise for 2019

Hospices getting $340 million Medicare raise for 2019

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2018

The CMS has finalized plans to give hospices nearly double the raise they received in 2018. The agency will also make it easier to check data on the troubled Hospice Compare website.

Verma will reject any single-payer state waivers

Verma will reject any single-payer state waivers

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2018

In her first comments on Medicare for all, CMS Administrator Seema Verma came out strongly against such a plan. She called it unworkable, saying it could cause seniors to lose coverage and that the CMS will likely deny any single-payer state waivers.

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