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Virgil Dickson

Bureau Chief / Washington

Virgil Dickson reports from Washington on the federal regulatory agencies. His experience before joining Modern Healthcare in 2013 includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Dickson earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007.

Hospitals divided on proposal to change how uncompensated care is paid


June 26, 2017

Some providers are saying a CMS proposal to change to way uncompensated care is paid for could be key to their financial solvency while others warn it could deplete them of revenue and force them to close. The opinion of the hospital executives depends on where they reside.

States would lower provider payments if Senate ACA repeal bill passes


June 23, 2017

The Senate's proposed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act could have widespread implications for healthcare providers across the country, sparking hospital closures, lower provider rates and decreased access to nursing homes if the bill becomes law.

Since the beginning of the Medicare program, Social Security numbers have been used as the beneficiary identifier for administering services.

Physicians still waiting for guidance on Medicare ID card changes


June 21, 2017

Medical practices around the country are uncertain how to prepare for the upcoming removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare ID cards because the CMS has failed to provide clear guidance. The change could affect their billing privileges and patients' access to care.

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