MACRA's approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works. Read on for tips on how to deal with this major change to the Medicare payment system.
MACRA's approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works.
If providers in Advanced Alternative Payment Models don't meet certain requirements by the end of the month, they'll see a reduction in their Medicare payments in 2019.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center officials say the hospital has regained its standing with the CMS after losing its deemed status over a complaint.
In comments on a proposed MACRA rule, healthcare organizations said they were happy that the CMS eased EHR requirements for the 2018 performance year, but they still want greater flexibility in which EHRs they could use.
Providers get their chance this week to tell federal officials what they think of a plan to curtail spending in a popular, yet controversial, drug discount program.
The CMS has consistently penalized roughly 75% of hospitals for excessive readmissions since the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program began in 2012. The stagnant numbers have policy experts and hospitals wondering if the CMS should move on from the effort.
Many orthopedic surgeons and ambulatory surgery center operators are delighted with the CMS' mid-July announcement that it's considering paying for total knee and hip replacement procedures in outpatient settings. But lots of hospital leaders are not.
The CMS would have required accreditors like the Joint Commission to publicly release audits of healthcare facilities in order to promote transparency. The rule was immediately panned by stakeholders as unhelpful for patients.
A new JAMA study finds that physicians who see a large number of high-risk patients were more likely to receive a penalty in a value-based payment program, exacerbating concerns from critics that safety-net providers may suffer losses under MACRA.
Skilled-nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities will get pay increases next year, but nowhere near the ones they got for 2017.
The CMS plans to request greater authority from the White House to ensure Medicare Advantage plans have adequate provider networks. Currently, the agency has limits on how frequently it can review plans for compliance with federal standards.