The rate of U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed from 2016 to 2017, driven by reduced use and intensity of hospital care, physician services and prescription drugs, according to CMS' Office of the Actuary.
The CMS found Medicare Advantage plans' provider directories have widespread inaccuracies for the third year in a row, which could lead to fines for the insurers.
The HHS secretary on Tuesday expounded on the Trump administration's vision to overhaul Medicare financing.
About 55% of hospitals earned Medicare incentive payments in 2019 under the Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program, slightly fewer than in fiscal 2018 when 57% of the hospitals did, or just under 1,600.
The CMS has accepted Vanderbilt University Medical Center's correction plan to maintain its Medicare contract, after threatening to pull it for failures around the 2017 wrongful death of a patient.
Quest Diagnostics and Modern Healthcare Custom Media surveyed providers to assess their awareness of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act and gauge how healthcare organizations are responding to the law.
Of the 14,959 skilled-nursing facilities subject to the CMS' Skilled Nursing Facility Value-based Purchasing Program, 73% received a penalty while 27% got a bonus for fiscal 2019.
The CMS overpaid some hospitals at least $140.5 million due to an often inaccurate tool used to set Medicare payments. HHS' Office of Inspector General says the wage index system needs to be overhauled to mend vulnerabilities.
Hospitals are urging the CMS to not finalize a proposal that will end the need for a written transfer agreement between them and ambulatory surgery centers when an ASC surgical patient is facing a medical emergency.
The CMS is seeking to improve quality of care at nursing homes via a new safety training effort.
The CMS wants to make sure it's using the right quality measures to track care given by home health agencies, which costs the agency around $18 billion every year.
More targeted enforcement activity and reduced regulatory burden led to a nearly $5 billion drop in improper Medicare payments in fiscal 2018.