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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.

MACRA rule raises patient privacy concerns


June 28, 2016

Physicians and healthcare organizations have flooded the CMS with concerns about proposed changes in the way Medicare pays providers. They say the changes put patient data at risk and could actually push providers away from payment models meant to lower costs.

CMS proposes $180 million pay cut for home health


June 27, 2016

Home healthcare agencies would see a 1% drop in Medicare reimbursement under a proposed rule issued Monday. The pay cut was floated the same day the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to review a federal labor rule that home health providers say is harming their businesses.

Oregonians use ER less, docs more after Medicaid expansion


June 23, 2016

After expanding Medicaid, residents of Oregon are largely able to find a doctor and have dropped ER visits, despite a more than 50% increase in the number of people using the program, according to a new analysis by the state.

“Per-Medicare beneficiary cost growth continues to be exceptionally low,” said acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt.

Trustees' report says Medicare will be insolvent by 2028


June 22, 2016

The Medicare trust fund will be insolvent by 2028, according to the 2016 Medicare trustees' report released Wednesday. The prediction is a departure from the 2030 date the Obama administration outlined in the previous two reports.

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