The Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.84 billion in savings over three years, which is nearly twice the savings CMS data show, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of ACOs.
A proposal to sharply cut the 340B drug discount program drew some 1,400 comments when the Trump administration announced its plan last year. But a review of the responses found that some individuals had no memory of signing anything, much less sending their opinions about it.
The Senate is expected this week to vote on legislation aimed at combating the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, physicians submit comments on the CMS' massive 2019 fee schedule rule.
New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.
Providers are urging the CMS not to finalize a rule that could prevent patients from taking infusion drugs at home. If the agency moves forward with the plan, it could lead to higher Medicare costs as more patients may need to seek treatment at hospitals.
The 472 Medicare ACOs generated a total of $1.1 billion in savings in 2017, allowing the CMS to make a $313.7 million gain from the program after dishing out bonuses. The savings come as the CMS looks to overhaul the program.
RAND Corp. researchers suggested that hospital rating sites could be improved by allowing consumers to adjust the weight of quality measures used. But healthcare consumer analysts still don't think it can solve fundamental issues with the sites.
The CMS has received more than 300 suggestions on how it can reduce the burden of anti-kickback laws on providers, ranging from revising what is considered a referral to giving providers protection for unintentional violations.
An ACO model that requires doctors to face major downside financial risk generated significant savings for Medicare in its first year, the CMS revealed in a new report.
The CMS is tightening its financial oversight of state Medicaid waiver demonstrations, warning it would withhold approvals unless states show the changes won't cost the federal government more money.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma faced senators for the first time since her confirmation Tuesday. Here are five major policy questions the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had for her.
The U.S. comptroller general urged a Senate panel to tighten oversight of Medicaid providers and managed-care plans, and criticized the Obama administration's lax auditing of Medicaid insurers as millions joined the rolls through expansion.