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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. »
As the CMS charts a path to level pay for outpatient services, it's also leading toward a head-to-head battle with powerful hospital lobbying groups as some providers win and lose with site-neutral payments.
Consumers can now sign a petition that lobbies Maryland providers and insurers to reveal their costs via the state's updated price transparency website.
Tennessee will ask for federal approval to update how it doles out uncompensated-care funds to hospitals. The move comes as facilities in the state face rising expenses and decreasing patient revenue.
A federal court has received the American Hospital Association's ideas on reducing the huge backlog of denied Medicare claims. A federal judge may mandate HHS to follow some or all of the ideas in order to curb the ever-growing number of appeals.
Provider groups have just two months to decide about participating in the CMS' Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced program, but they still don't have the claims data they need to make that decision.
A group of doctor practices has united to develop a way the CMS can contract with practices to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Not everyone is on board, as some clinicians fear it could lead to rationing of care.
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 Medical Group Management Association and five other physician organizations formed a coalition to advocate for policies that support independent doctors transitioning to value-based payment.
Some nursing homes worry that CMS' proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model may pay them less for treating Medicare patients.
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