The number of hospitals to be hit with a 1% payment reduction has been relatively consistent each year since the program began in 2014. Roughly 700 hospitals—or 25% of all hospitals—are penalized every year under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.
Surveyors that assess hospitals for compliance with federal and state laws are implementing a new policy that could lead to the closure of some so-called micro-hospitals.
The CMS announced Thursday that patient experience scores and star ratings have been added to the Physician Compare website for patients and caregivers to view.
HHS' Office of Inspector General said the CMS must work on ways to provide technical assistance to clinicians for MACRA participation and create a more robust integrity program.
Don Berwick and Patrick Conway called on healthcare organizations to continue the push to value-based care even though the CMS has signaled recently that its focus may be shifting.
The CMS announced Tuesday that it added four new quality measures for healthcare consumers to view on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility and Long-Term Care Hospital Compare websites.
A new study finds Medicare's accountable care organizations didn't reduce inpatient stays despite the program's emphasis on tackling that issue.
Providers, especially in rural areas, and smaller labs will have to determine if they can still afford to provide certain testing services.
The CMS is moving ahead with its plan to cancel bundled-payment models that were predicted to save Medicare millions. The agency insisted it still supports moving Medicare from a fee-for-service to value-based system.
The CMS on Thursday released its annual list of measures under consideration for Medicare's quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The number of measures under review is much smaller compared to last year when CMS considered nearly 100 measures.
A new study found physician practices that cared for high-risk patients were more likely to receive financial penalties under the CMS' Value-based Payment Modifier program.
Although the CMS says the new "meaningful measures" framework will reduce the burden on providers, some remain concerned that they would continue to struggle with reporting quality measures.