A Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospital is under CMS scrutiny after a patient died and others are at risk for harm because staffers didn't follow proper restraint procedures.
The Government Accountability Office urged the CMS to continue several experiments that require providers and medical equipment suppliers to prove they are meeting certain standards before being paid, as that could save the agency billions.
In laying out the Trump administration's strategy for reducing drug prices, HHS Secretary Alex Azar suggested pumping up Medicare Part D by moving some expensive drugs out of Part B.
The CMS is considering reimbursing all Medicare providers for one-time cancer treatments that genetically alter patients' cells to fight the disease. The move could increase revenue by millions at each hospital offering the therapy.
The CMS will allow Maryland to continue its unique all-payer model. The state also received approval to expand the initiative beyond hospitals to include doctors' offices and nursing homes.
Fearing the CMS will force them to take on more financial risk, provider groups are looking to leave the Medicare ACO program.
Federal lawmakers asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar why the CMS' recent rural health initiative does not address the Medicare wage index, which they claim poses one of the strongest threats to access to care in rural markets.
The CMS wants to delay a series of cuts that this year would have hit providers of durable medical equipment in rural areas.
At the urging of patient advocates, the CMS will tweak its Medicare plan finder tool to make it easier for consumers to find the best coverage options. The announcement follows a report slamming parts of the navigation process.
The CMS signed an emergency contract with a vendor to help ensure its new Medicare ID cards arrive at the right homes.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma told hospital executives that she will reject Kansas' request to impose lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage. She also came out against allowing ACOs to continue avoiding downside risk.
A panel of federal appellate judges are considering reviving the American Hospital Association's challenge to Medicare 340B reimbursement cuts, questioning whether the changes were made properly.