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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.

CMS overhauling Medicare fraud audit process


August 15, 2017

Facing a crushing caseload of appeals to denied Medicare claims, the CMS is launching a new audit process to reduce the number of providers that have their claims challenged.

Providers take advantage of new end-of-life CMS billing codes


August 14, 2017

Providers increasingly are conducting advance care planning conversations with Medicare beneficiaries thanks to new CMS billing codes and a push to prepare early for patients' final days. The trend resulted in them drawing down $93 million in additional revenue last year.

Hospital donations put N.H. Medicaid expansion in jeopardy


August 14, 2017

The CMS is warning states that using voluntary donations from hospitals to fund their share of Medicaid expansion could violate federal law. New Hampshire's expansion program could end next year because it relies on such donations.

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